Models from across the Wittenberg community will strut their stuff on a catwalk to present a range of fashionable clothing, including sleepwear and "Do You," a category designed to allow the models to express themselves. The event culminates with the "International Jetsetters" category, which has included fashionable clothing items from such nations as India, Ghana, South Korea and Sweden in recent years.
"We wanted to raise funds for a truly international organization this year," said Sopheap Khun, class of 2010 from Columbus, Ohio, and president of AIA. "This way many nationalities can benefit from the proceeds."
Last year, funds raised from the fashion show benefited a cause close to the heart of Kuhn, a Cambodian American whose mother lived through the terrifying reign of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. Changed by the experience, Kuhn encouraged AIA to dedicate last year's proceeds to the Trailblazer Fund, a non-profit organization that builds water wells to support agricultural communities in Cambodia.
"It was a really eye-opening experience," Khun said. "Cambodia still has much to rebuild. I'm glad I can contribute at least a little to the effort.
"This year we can continue to make efforts to contribute to international causes and hopefully bring a little of Wittenberg to the world and the world to Wittenberg."
Doctors Without Borders is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. Today, the non-profit organization provides aid in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care or natural disasters.
Tickets for the AIA Fashion Show are $3 and may be purchased at the door.
Written By: Ryan Maurer and Christi Lue '09
Photo By: John Strawn
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