Xavier students give back to the community with fashion show

APPLETON – Fashion is taking over a local high school in the Fox Cities.

Maria DeYoung, a senior as Xavier High School, has a passion for fashion.

“My inspiration came for this dress because the point of the show is that it’s all local,” said DeYoung.

Runway Revolution is a fashion show that Maria dreamt up months ago.

“I’m showing that you don’t have to live in a big city to put something like this on,” said DeYoung.

But this show wasn’t all about the latest and greatest fashion trends for this season. Maria wanted to raise funds and collect clothing items to be donated back into the community.

“I let students bring in any articles of clothing, accessories, shoes and winter apparel, especially — since that’s what’s most in need right now,” said DeYoung.

Maria couldn’t do this alone.

“We had no budget. We had no money.”

Classmate and friend, Maria Schmitt, took care of the business side of the show.

“We were really lucky that the community stores and the community businesses were willing to help us out,” said Schmitt.

Cloths from hey, daisy! in Appleton and Vintique in Downtown Neenah were featured in the fashion show,

More than 1,600 different clothing items were donated to the Community Clothes Closet of Menasha, a local non-profit organization that gives away clothes for free to those in need.

“We were really excited when the donations came in from Maria and her classmates because it helps clothe people in need and also it kind of takes care of our teen section of kids there, they are constantly in need of updated fashion clothes,” said Diane Bishop, executive director of Community Clothes Closet.

Without the help of people like Maria and the community, Diane says they wouldn’t be able to survive.

“We just appreciate it when young kids and teenagers get involved in the community. They’re going to be the volunteers of the future and we really, really appreciate their help,” said Bishop.

The fashion show also raised more than $2,000 that will be donated to St. Joseph’s Food Pantry in the Fox Valley.

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