After a year's hiatus, Women's Resource Agency brought back its popular Fashion to the Rescue fundraiser on April 4 at the Antlers Hilton, teaming with first responders who signed firefighter calendars, escorted runway models and introduced Colorado Bracelets.
Good sports that they were, the firefighters posed for a plethora of group photos with women at the event. Among the participants were Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters Local 5, Fort Carson firefighters and Cimarron Hills firefighters.
Honored during the evening were firefighters nominated by the community for their work during the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest wildfire seasons: Wendi Knutsen, Waldo Canyon wildfire videographer; Steve Schopper from the Colorado Springs Fire Department; and Colorado Springs Station 1 firefighters, including Lt. Craig Milroy, Tim Salazar, Trevor Leland and Brad White.
More than $16,000 was raised for WRA programs working toward self-sufficiency and economic independence for women.
Volunteers wore clothing from J.C. Penney during the runway fashion show.
Women's Resource Agency Executive Director Melissa Marts, wearing the wildest of green shoes, told the noisy crowd of women about two WRA success stories, including Audrianna's. Part of the Intercept Too program for young women referred from Teen Court, Audrianna is graduating from high school and has received a four-year, full-ride scholarship to Colorado College.
The other story was told by Patty, who went from being a single mom with no job, no car and no home to having a car, a home and a new job in marketing at a local mall. She also went from client to volunteer at the Women's Resource Agency. Patty gave Shine On awards to her mentors Bev Infante and Jennifer Roberts.