Headbands of Hope Anniversary Cocktail

Headbands of Hope

Another cause Models for Charity loves to support…

One year ago, a headband revolution began. At Headbands of Hope, for every headband purchased, one is given to a girl with cancer and $1 is donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund life-saving childhood cancer research.

Join us at The Oxford on Thursday, April 25th at 7:30 pm to celebrate the thousands of headbands that have been donated this past year and the thousands of dollars that have funded childhood cancer research.

Bring your mom, dad, sorority, fraternity, kickball team- whoever. The more people who come, the more money we can raise for kids’ cancer…and have a good time while doing it!

Purchase tickets online for $10 or $15 at the door.

Headbands of Hope Invite

Cash bar and appetizers available. Dress to impress. Invite friends and family to celebrate spreading hope in all girls…one headband at a time!  RSVP and connect on Facebook here.


April Yappy Hour with Models for Charity!

The SPCA of Wake County PAWS Young Professionals and Models for
Charity are teaming up once again for our annual co-hosted happy hour! Join us Thursday, April 18th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at The Oxford to network and meet other young professionals from around the triangle at our Members and Friends event.

The Oxford boasts an amazing outdoor patio with solid wood picnic style tables and benches, outdoor heaters for any lingering chilly spring nights, amazing views of downtown Raleigh and historic Fayetteville Street. The Oxford’s talented bar staff will be pouring their signature cocktails as well as the evening’s signature drink, a Scooby Snack which can be enjoyed on the rocks, in a martini glass or a dog bowl (we’re interested to see this one too!).

Yappy Hour Dog and People Crowd

We hope you’ll be able to make it out to this happy hour to party with our pooches and help the many others that are still homeless!

$5 Donation requested at the door, Free if you join PAWS at the event

Admission includes complimentary appetizers provided by the Oxford.
This event is open to members and prospective new members. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

100% of admission proceeds will benefit the SPCA.

RSVP on Facebook here.


MFC is Excited to Support the Annual K9-3K, with Team PAWS

SPCA Annual K6-3K

Mark your calendars for the Annual SPCA K9-3k Dog Walk on Saturday, April 20th!

The SPCA of Wake County is a No-Kill organization helping over 17,000 pets in need each year across 33 North Carolina counties.  It is a local, grassroots animal charity; does not receive any funding from national animal organizations.  YOUR support makes this possible!

The theme for this year’s event is from The Wizard of Oz!

Tell your friends, coworkers, neighbors, and your dog’s pal at the dog park that on Saturday, April 20 the streets of downtown Raleigh will close to make way for the largest march of dogs in city history.  Don’t you want to be part of it?

Check out the PAWS FB event.  Join the PAWS team here: http://www.spcawake.org/goto/PAWS

We did it last year and can’t wait to do it again!  Check out Allie L. Winter, and some four-legged friends.

Allie L. and Winter Representing with 4-Legged Friends


Runway Proposal at the Cary Magazine Elegant Weddings Gala

The seventh annual Cary Magazine Elegant Weddings Gala took place on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at The State Club on N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus. There they connected brides with the Triangle’s top wedding vendors.  Models for Charity was excited to be asked to model such lovely garments on the runway, but the audience was in for a real surprise!  There was even a surprise proposal on the runway to one of Models for Charity’s members.  

You may have seen pictures of a man on one knee holding a ring at the Elegant Weddings Gala.

He wasn’t doing it for dramatic effect. It was a very real proposal, posed to one of the models in the bridal fashion show. And she said YES!

Here’s the story straight from the happy couple, Arthur and Mercedes.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to tell our story. We would like to thank Anna from Traditions by anna boutique for allowing me to propose on a night that was meant for her and her designs. Thank you Anna for sharing your spotlight. We would also like to thank the audience for being a part of this very special occasion!

Runway Proposal shot

Mercedes once told me there were three things that she wanted if I were to ever propose to her:
1. That it had to be memorable. Mercedes wanted her first real engagement to be a lifetime memory.
2. That she wanted everyone to witness it, whoever they may be.
3. She wanted it to be a total surprise. Mercedes wanted to be completely swept off her feet.

I contacted Michelle, who is Mercedes’ best friend to help with the proposal. When I contacted Michelle, the President for Models for Charity, Michelle told me that she could get me backstage to propose. I said to Michelle, “No, I want to propose on the runway. Mercedes will never see it coming.” Michelle contacted Anna from Traditions by anna boutique that the show was for, and Anna gave her blessing. Michelle even went and picked up the ring for me.

When Michelle arrived at the show she gave me the engagement ring and Michelle planned it out so that at the end of the show the models would ask Mercedes to take one more turn down the runway. And the rest was up to me.

On Mercedes’ final walk I waited until she walked past me and I got up behind her and got down on one knee with the ring. At first (Mercedes told me later), she thought I was trying to take her picture then it hit her and she realized that I was proposing to her. Her mouth opened and she put her hand up to her mouth and she started crying. I was so happy when she accepted.


Arthur and I have been together for 2 1/2 years, and although we’ve talked about getting married I was completely caught off guard when he proposed. It was without a doubt the most memorable night of my life, one I will never forget. When Anna asked me to walk the runway one more time, I was confused but didn’t think much of it.

When I turned to come off the runway and saw Arthur on one knee I thought he wanted a picture. As I came closer I noticed his grin and realized he wasn’t holding a camera. I started crying because I was so surprised and happy. Not only had Arthur included Michelle, Anna and some of the models in on the surprise he also surprised me with my mom who came down from Virginia Beach. We haven’t set a date but I’ve already started a guest list. This is my first real wedding so I’m excited about planning it.

Thank you again,
Arthur & Mercedes

Gala4037 hug

This story was originally featured in Cary Magazine here.


Rock and Shop Market Fashion Show

Rock & Shop Market

The Rock & Shop Market is a one-of-a-kind shopping experience featuring over 75 juried emerging artisan/maker entrepreneurs selling their wares alongside bands, DJ’s, a fashion show, and food trucks. This event is being held alongside The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

The market, started in 2004, attracts thousands of shoppers per event, and was the first event of its kind in the Triangle area.  $5 admission at the door.

So come out and enjoy the entertainment, get some lunch and enjoy a fun day of shopping!!  RSVP on Facebook here.

Make it Work

Models for Charity’s own Mollyann Russell is producing this year’s Rock and Shop Market Fashion Show!  This year’s designers on Facebook:


MARGUERITE BLAKENEY – https://www.facebook.com/margueriteblakeney.clothing

OMBEAUTIFUL – https://www.facebook.com/Ombeautiful

DANI OLIVA https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dani-Oliva/124095154354192?fref=ts

KAT CASHMERE – https://www.facebook.com/KatCashmere

RSVP on Facebook here.  The show is FREE – included with $5 Rock and Shop Market admission. The show will take place on the stage at the Durham Armory at 2pm during the market. Don’t miss it!!!

Assistance with Directions and Parking can be found here.


Melange – Meredith College Senior Fashion Show


Melange - Meredith College Senior Fashion Show

Melange is a collaborative effort showcasing the collections of Christian Jones, Cori Spade, MaryAshlyn Thomas and Anna Dougherty.  This is the third year that members from Models for Charity are participating in this show and we are excited to, once again, join in to celebrate these talented designers from Meredith College.

The fashion show will be held in Jones Auditorium at Meredith College.

MC Show Invite
Tickets – $5.00 in advance from designers, $7.00 at the door

See details on the Facebook event page.

Profits will go to Stop Child Trafficking Now.
Hope to see you all there!


April Models for Charity First Friday Fashion Fundraiser!

Join us for our monthly Models for Charity First Friday Fashion Fundraiser!

First Friday April 2013

Friday, April 5th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Come out to Coglin’s of Raleigh, enjoy some scrumptious appetizers from Tobacco Road Sports Cafe, check out fashions from Apricot Lane Boutique in North Hills, and support a great cause- Partners Against Trafficking Humans (PATH) NC!!!

$5 suggested donation accepted at the door. 100% of the night’s proceeds with go towards PATH NC.


Redress Eco-Fashion


Models for Charity members have been active participants and supporters of the Redress movement for the past few years.

Redress Raleigh celebrates its five-year anniversary with a weekend-long conference focused on eco-fashion and textiles in the Southeastern USA and beyond. The Redress Eco Fashion & Textiles Conference will take place March 23rd and 24th at the Raleigh Marriott City Center. The mission of the conference is to expand the dialogue on transforming the current fashion and textiles industry into an ecologically conscious and ethical one.

A combination event planning agency and marketing firm, Redress Raleigh connects local eco-designers with customers as well as hosts DIY workshops and networking events focused on building an environmentally conscious relationship with fashion and textiles.

Redress Raleigh equips people with the knowledge to make eco-conscious apparel choices – from materials to upkeep – and produces an annual show that highlights the latest in creative eco-fashion. The company also works with local green designers to increase their social impact and grow their market.


Featured on the runway are 11 never before seen eco-collections made by 14 NC-based apparel  accessories, and jewelry designers.  Designers include Emily Kirchem of Edie Kaye Designs, Pilar Ramirez of Pamor Designs, Jamie Powell of Revamp, Johanna Ely of Good Girls Studio, Zulay and Stephanie of zassdesign, Marissa Heyl of Symbology, Kim Kirchstein of Leopold Designs, Melissa Lowery of ssdjewelry, Jessica Johnson Moore of Little Grey Line, Kimberly Ring & Ford Bowden, Lumina Clothing, Claudia Corletto of Corletto, and Katy Deckard of McClure.

To learn more about the designers, please visit the designer feature section of the website: http://redressraleigh.com/the-designers/

Schedule for Saturday night’s show:

+ 7:30pm – Doors open

+ 8:00pm – Join us for pre-show cocktails! Mix & mingle with conference attendees, eco-champions, fashion enthusiasts and everyone in between!

+ 9:00pm – 5th Annual Redress Eco-Fashion Show

Ticket Prices:

+ $20 General Admission

+ $40 Second Row

+ $75 Front Row

Tickets (including Student discounts and ‘a la carte’ options) are available in limited quantities. To purchase tickets for the eco-fashion show and more, visit the Redress website ticket section: http://redressraleigh.com/eco-fashion-show-tickets.

Sunday will offer the unique opportunity to buy designs right off the runway – a free and open-to-the-public marketplace filled with designers from the show as well as hand-selected vendors with eco-conscious products.

“Overall, we want people to be aware of the impact their purchasing choices have on the environment, economy, and society; and make them aware of the influence they have in transforming the fashion & textile industry, ultimately creating a paradigm shift in mainstream fashion.”   – Mor Aframian, Redress Director of Community Relations


Redress Raleigh’s goal is to reorient mainstream fashion to become environmentally and socially aware, becoming a catalyst for major change in the fashion and textiles industry. We question the status quo of current mainstream retail consumption both from a consumer and industry standpoint. Redress Raleigh supports and encourages triple-bottom-line designers and companies who believe in the concept of people, planet, profit.  Therefore, Redress Raleigh places importance on knowing where the textiles in our closets and homes come from, who made them, and how they were created. Our vision is that in the next twenty years we will no longer need to differentiate between that which is sustainable and conscious eco-fashion and textile design and that which is not.

“The Southeast – and North Carolina in particular – has a strong textiles history and this is a great way to put ourselves back on the map. The conference is also just the beginning – we want everyone who attends to soak up the knowledge and ideas shared and put these thoughts into action. Our intention is to continue growing the network surrounding eco-fashion and textiles – creating a web of resources for all players in this industry.”  – Beth Stewart, Strategic Director




MFC Does March “Barks & Brews” Yappy Hour with SPCA

Since many of our members have some four-legged friends they love dearly, we have enjoyed supporting the SPCA of Wake County — PAWS and their Yappy Hour events.

Allie L., Michelle Congleton with her four-legged friend Adger, group friend, Winter Kilgore and her four-legged friend affectionately known as "The Shopping Bag"

Allie L., Michelle Congleton with her four-legged friend Adger, group friend, Winter Kilgore and her four-legged friend affectionately known as “The Shopping Bag”

The March “Barks & Brews” Event will be held on Thursday, March 21st from 6:00pm until 7:30pm at Big Boss Tap Room.

Taken from their March Facebook event page:

Grab your pup and a pint at our “yappy hour” social on Thursday, March 21st!

Help us kick off spring with other young professionals from around Raleigh and the Triangle who are fellow animal lovers and find out how you can get more involved with PAWS and the SPCA of Wake County.

All young professionals in their 20’s, 30’s and even 40’s are welcome to attend this networking event for humans and pups alike on the patio of the Big Boss Brewery Tavern.

You may also enjoy some tasty bites from local food truck, Porchetta, as they swing by for their regular Thursday Big Boss visit! (www.porchettardu.com if you’d like to check out their menu options!)

A donation of $5 will be requested for this event, with all proceeds supporting the SPCA of Wake County.

**If you don’t have a friendly pup of your own to tag along, feel free to still join us! All who love animals and support the cause of the SPCA are welcome!**

We hope to see you there!