Strut for Philanthropy
Hundreds of charitable guests gathered in the Dallas Design District for Light the Runway, a fashion show and fundraiser for Dress For Success' new career and boutique space at Valley View Center. The international nonprofit organization provides less fortunate women with business attire and helps build the confidence necessary to secure a job.
Following a cocktail reception, the "models" and several father-daughter duos — including Brian and Landry Luscher, Leonard and Alison Volk, Hugh and Allyson Aynesworth, and Vaughn and Gigi Miller — sported looks provided by Katydid Collections by Katy Messersmith, Allie-Coosh, Ashard Richley, Kid Biz, Men's Wearhouse, Roma's and Tootsies.
Paulette Martsolf of Allie-Coosh donned a little black dress on the runway, which she designed especially for Dress for Success; a portion of the proceeds from sales of the LBD will go to the cause. In addition to Martsolf's helping hand, Messersmith designed a "Going Places, Going Strong" tee, and 100 percent of those proceeds will benefit the charity.
"I feel very connected to the cause," said Volk, who participated with her father last year as well. "DFS allows women to excel in their careers and personal lives — and they do so much more."
On the charitable scene: Rich Emberlin, LeeAnne Locken, Lindsay Jacaman, Lara Berns, Wendy Harris, Nancy Volk, Bret McKinney, Deanna Di Pizio, Mitchell Fagelman, Daniel Hernandez, Odie Harris, Gene Gates, Jackson, Ryan Neufeld, John Conte, Jody Dean and Stephen Giles.