A model appeared on the runway at Old North State Winery on Saturday wearing hot pink rubber boots, a fitting and cheery accessory for the wet, otherwise gloomy, day.
“We’re going to need those rain boots later today,” quipped Jennie Lowry, emcee of the Downtown Rocks the Runway fashion show.
The biannual event benefits the backpack programs at Flat Rock elementary and Jones Intermediate schools’ backpack programs.
Those who want to check out the latest locally offered spring fashions gain admission to the show with a non-perishable food item or bottled water donation.
“The show went great and it was well attended,” said Lowry, an official of the Downtown Business Association, which sponsors the event.
Lowry said the show resulted in “a large amount of donations, with more expected from local merchants next week.”
Local businesses that participated included Willow Creek Crossing, F. Rees Mens, Bear Creek Gifts, F. Rees Ladies, Main Oak Emporium, Dragonfly Boutique, The Addition at F. Rees and Bridal Destination.
Dana Draughn, Flat Rock elementary principal, attended the event that she said “helps support the backpack program and meet our needs.”
Her daughter, Erin Draughn, came along too.
“I thought it was good,” the college freshman and graduate of North Surry high said of the show.
“It’s a good way to give back to the community. It’s a good thing to see that a lot of local stores have nice and affordable clothes, and they’re really cute and fun,” she said. “It’s important to shop local and support local merchants in our community.”
Kala Young, owner of Dragonfly Boutique, appreciated the chance to showcase what her store offers.
“It helps get everyone’s name out there,” she said.
Dock Merritt, owner of Mt. Airy Cyclery, volunteered as one of two male models for the benefit.
“It’s always nice to do something that helps the schools,” Merritt said, admitting to some jitters. “You get nervous before you get up there then you’re OK. Then when you get down, you get nervous again.”
His male compatriot, Darren Phillips, had modeled professionally for photos, but Saturday was his first trip down the runway.
“It was a new experience for a great cause,” he said.
Mary Jo White and Cathy Stevens have both modeled for about three years.
“We just have lots of fun,” White said. “I retired from the school system anyway so that’s the reason I do it, for the benefit of the children.”
Mount Airy business owner Stevens added, “We like to support the local businesses.”
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