Alpha Chi Omega’s fashion show raises awareness about domestic violence

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Glitz and glam filled the ballroom of the Hilton hotel in downtown Fort Worth at Alpha Chi Omega’s annual philanthropy event on the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 19.

The event benefited the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation and The Women’s Center of Tarrant County. Over $110,000 was raised, according to the Fashion Show Committee Chair Carly Boobar.

Students walked in the show to raise awareness about domestic violence.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, women between the ages of 18-24 are the most common victims of domestic violence.

Models and retailers chair Juliette Hollihan said open discussion about domestic violence is essential.

“I just want people to be more comfortable talking about their experiences and reaching out for help,” Hollihan said.

Domestic violence makes up 15 percent of violent crimes, and suicidal behavior and depression correlate with domestic violence, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Sophomore model Bryar Ferguson spoke about the importance of gender equality.

“I think as a man, respect and equal treatment of women is just so important,” Ferguson said. “I think that if you’re a person that abuses your girlfriend or spouse, I mean, I’m not sure if you can even call yourself a man.”

More than 600 people attended the event which included a fashion show, silent auction, and raffle.  Retailers around Fort Worth donated clothes for students to model.

Sophomore model Helen Prebys shared her excitement about the show.

“I feel domestic violence is such an issue that kind of goes unnoticed sometimes and personally I am a victim of sexual assault and it’s really cool that I can stand up and do something about it but have a good time while doing it,” Prebys said.

For more information about the annual philanthropy event visit iotalambdafashionshow.com.