In its fifth year of establishment, the Philanthropy Committee focuses solely on The Fashion Show’s philanthropic efforts. With the help of their committee, the Philanthropy Directors focused on expanding the reach of The Fashion Show’s efforts and creating new philanthropic opportunities for students all over campus. This year, the Philanthropy Committee advanced its partnerships with Dress for Success and HugHats, and launched a brand new Sustainability Workshop to promote sustainable apparel practices on campus.
HugHats: HugHats is a non-profit organization that ran until 2022 with the mission of spreading warmth and joy to chemotherapy patients, Alzheimer’s & dementia patients, and anyone who needs a little comfort in their lives by providing fleece hats. This year, The Fashion Show was able to continue HugHats’ legacy by hosting our own event, inviting volunteers from the Ames and Iowa State community to decorate hats utilizing scrap fabric and craft glue. We were able to create around 200 uniquely decorated hats to donate to various hospitals and organizations throughout Iowa.
Dress for Success: Dress for Success is an international, not-for-profit organization that provides underprivileged women with professional attire and helps them gain the confidence and knowledge needed to be successful. Through the support of agencies, volunteers, and companies across the world, they are able to make a huge impact on these women’s lives. The Fashion Show collected clothing from students and the Ames community to produce a thrifting event, donating all proceeds to Dress for Success.
Sustainability Workshop: Sustainability can consist of a variety of environmentally-friendly activities, and at The Fashion Show’s Sustainability Workshop, students practiced sustainability by giving once-loved apparel items a new life. To promote this idea, TFS set up sustainability stations and presented valuable information to students eager to learn about sustainability. Stations included a mending station for students’ damaged clothing, a styling presentation on how to restyle clothing, and a workshop on how to repurpose a t-shirt through crafting. Learning new everyday skills is incredibly important for creative minds like the students involved in The Fashion Show, as sustainability brings to light the topic of donating, recycling, and taking care of the environment.