Show to benefit abused women, children
A young Tonganoxie girl plans to hold a fashion show on Sunday afternoon -- and she's inviting the community to watch.
Alex Bartels, the daughter of Robert and Tammy Bartels, said her upcoming project is part of her commitment as a kids board member of BellyWashers. Since last year, the 11-year-old Tonganoxie fifth-grader has served on the children's advisory board of the national soft drink company. The fashion show will be her second community project. The first was a clothing and toy drive held in December.
For Sunday's fashion show, Alex prepared fliers and took them to area clothing stores, asking to talk to the manager of each store.
Her personal visits paid off and Alex now has 30 donated outfits that she and her friends will model.
"And we haven't gotten all of our donations yet," Alex said.
The kicker of the project is that after the show, Alex and the other models will say goodbye to the flashy new costumes.
Alex plans to donate them to the Alliance Against Family Violence.
"It's a local charity in the area, it's for abused women and children and I figured that they'd probably like to have some new things," Alex said.
Admission to the show, which is set for 2 p.m. Sunday in the administration building of the Leavenworth County Fair-grounds, will be $1.
That, along with money donated in a raffle of BellyWasher products, will also be given to the shelter.