Sisters on the Runway Host Annual Fashion Show in New York to Benefit Domestic Violence Shelters During Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Posted on: Monday, October 17, 2011

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October 17, 2011 (New York, NY) – Sisters on the Runway, the fundraising initiative to raise awareness and help victims of domestic violence, will hold their annual fashion show in New York City on October 28th during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This is the second consecutive year that their New York Chapter will donate all of the proceeds of the student-run and student-produced fashion show to Safe Horizon, New York City’s largest provider of domestic violence residences for battered women and men.

“Gabriela Graham, Juliana Colangelo and I started Sisters on the Runway with the goal of promoting student involvement in community service while spreading awareness and raising funds for shelters. Domestic Violence is a problem that affects all ages, ethnicities and socioeconomic levels yet is often ignored in society,” said Liz Eddy, co-founder of Sisters on the Runway and organizer of the New York City event.

Ariel Zwang, CEO of Safe Horizon, said “Safe Horizon's shelters and hotlines, along with our court and community programs, give tens of thousands of individuals and families affected by domestic violence the critical support and resources to help them rebuild their lives.  We are extremely grateful to Sisters on the Runway, whose support will help victims of domestic violence move toward safe futures.”

The event, which is open to the public, will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Meatpacking District hotspot Tenjune and will feature designs by Parsons students, as well as a silent auction, a guest speaker, music and refreshments. Sisters on the Runway will also host a Fashion pre-show fundraiser for students only at the Parsons New School of Design on October 15th. The organization hopes to raise a total of $10,000 for the cause at the two New York shows. Tickets are $30 for students, $50 for general admission and $100 for a VIP pass and can be purchased online at

About Sisters on the Runway

Sisters on the Runway was founded in 2005 by three Montclair High School students -Elizabeth Eddy, Gabriela Graham and Juliana Colangelo- as a way to create awareness about the often overlooked  issue of domestic violence and raise funds for its victims. Since then, the organization has raised over $50,000 for domestic violence shelters and the project has found a home in many schools on the East Coast, including Penn State, UMass Amherst and Parsons New School of Design. This selfless initiative has gained numerous supporters throughout the years and its founders hope to continue to work in creating awareness about Domestic Violence.

About Safe Horizon

Safe Horizon is the largest provider of domestic violence services in the country and New York City’s largest provider of domestic violence residences for battered women and men, with more than 700 beds available throughout the five boroughs. Safe Horizon operates both emergency shelters for crisis situations and transitional housing where families may stay for several months in order to plan for a future free from violence. The shelters offer comprehensive services including counseling, housing assistance, life skills and parenting courses, childcare, and medical aid.

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