Fashion show brings awareness to domestic violence

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    University students worked the runway to support the fight against domestic violence at Alpha Chi Omega’s 21st annual fashion show.

    The event was held to raise money for The Women’s Center of Tarrant County, junior accounting major Katie Kolepp said.

    “Our philanthropy is the fight against domestic violence, and they’re a non-profit that helps women who are in a troubled situation,” she said.

    Eva Scheele, a sophomore supply chain and marketing double major, said members of Alpha Chi Omega volunteer at the Women's Center often.

    “We’re really passionate about this,” Scheele said. “We do a lot with The Women’s Center like help with their annual 5K run, and we volunteer there a lot. This is kind of the big event to bring it all together where we raise a lot of money.”

    The event started Sunday with afternoon tea, raffle tickets and a silent auction. The items sold at the silent auction and the raffled items were donated for the event, Kolepp said.

    “The silent auction is part of the philanthropy,” she said. “It's a bunch of different items that were donated by either members or people from the community,”

    Guests filled the gala at The Fort Worth Club after the silent auction to watch the fashion show. Local retailers donated the clothing in the show, and the models were all university students, Kolepp said.

    “Our models are all from different organizations on campus — Greek organizations, some are from athletics, student government,” she said. “They’re all students.”

    Laura Hilgart, The Women’s Center representative, spoke about her gratitude for the efforts Alpha Chi Omega put in the show.

    “Alpha Chi Omega and all of the people here who are supporting Alpha Chi Omega and The Women’s Center, you do not just help The Women’s Center. You are The Women’s Center, and we are very grateful,” Hilgart said.

    Sunday's fashion show raised more than $41,000, according to an Alpha Chi Omega representative.