NWA Fashion Week raises over $33,000 for local non-profits

If anyone in Fayetteville is deserving of a high five right now, it’s the organizers of NWA Fashion Week

Most of the events were sold out during the week-long celebration of the local fashion scene, and event founders Jade Terminella and Danielle Vaughan announced on Monday that over $33,000 was raised for local non-profits through ticket sales.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with how everything went,” Vaughan said. “I’ve got about a thousand thank you notes to write to everyone who helped make the event a huge success.”

Those in attendance were able to choose which local organization they’d like to support when purchasing their tickets to the various events held over the course of the week.

Restore Humanity, an organization founded by Fayetteville native Sarah Fennel, raised enough money to take care of an African child for an entire year at their orphanage in Kenya.

“It really says a lot about Jade and Danielle – and Northwest Arkansas as a whole – that this event was so successful, and was able to raise so much money for charity,” she said. “We are just so thankful to have been chosen to be a part of it.”

In addition to the cash raised, several in-kind donations of things like non-perishable food items, diapers, kids clothes, and other items were collected during the event for Children’s Safety Center, Fayetteville Animal Shelter, Peace at Home Family Shelter, Restoration Village, the University of Arkansas Food Bank, and the Women’s Shelter.

Vaughan said that organizers are taking a week or so to catch their breath, but that NWA Fashion Week will definitely be back in 2013.

“Oh, of course,” she said. “We can’t wait to start working on next year.”

NWA Fashion Week 2012 Charitable Donations

7 Hills Homeless Center – $5,458
American Cancer Society – $3,088
Art Amiss – $3,850
NWA Childrens Shelter – $7,042
Restore Humanity – $3,694
Single Parent Scholarship Fund – $4,714
Spay Arkansas – $5,669

Fashion Week video by thegypsyarkansan.com