NY Daily News Highlights Sisters on Runway Fashion Show Benefit for Safe Horizon

Posted on: Monday, October 17, 2011

Keywords: Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Sisters on the Runway, Safe Horizon, domestic violence

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Clem Richardson
New York Daily News

Monday, October 17th 2011, 4:00 AM
Juliana Colangelo, Elizabeth Eddy and Gabriela Graham put on their first fashion show six years ago.

They were all 15 at the time.

"We've been friends since sixth grade," Eddy said. "Our birthdays are all within a week of each other."

That first show, held at the Montclair Museum in their hometown of Montclair, N.J., raised more than $3,500 for Shelter Our Sisters, a local shelter for victims of domestic violence.

Fast forward and the trio are now college students in New York City. Colangelo and Graham are sophomores at Barnard, majoring in child psychology and public health respectively.

Eddy is in her second year at Parsons School of Design, majoring in design management.

But the fashion shows not only continue, they've expanded to University of Pennsylvania and University of Massachusetts campuses, brought there by former members of the women's "Sisters on the Runway" group at Montclair High School.

You can catch the sixth annual Sisters on the Runway show in Manhattan on Oct. 28 at Tenjune nightclub, 26 Little W. 12th St. in the Meatpacking District.

Admission is $50, $30 for students. VIPs who spring for $100 tickets will get private front-row seating and a gift bag.

"We feature all student-designed clothes, which is superexciting, showing what our generation has to offer, what is coming out in the world now," Colangelo said.

The show, which Eddy said will include more than 200 models, will benefit Safe Horizons (www.safehorizon.org), a nonprofit group that runs domestic violence shelters across the tristate area. Even before this month's events - October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month - the annual fashion shows have raised more than $50,000.

The shows started as a way to meet a school community service requirement.

"We decided we wanted to do one that was more than just going somewhere and volunteering," Colangelo said. "We wanted to do something that would bring in the entire community, something everybody could get involved in."

"We wanted to pick something that didn't receive a lot of attention," Graham said. "We also wanted to show social activism can take many different forms, including fashion."

They solicited local businesses for support, getting local boutiques to lend them clothes and restaurants to donate food.

"We had all student models, of all races and body types," Colangelo said.

"In high school, the three of us were known as the fashion show girls," Eddy said. "Everybody knew us and our cause."

They've also learned "so many skills; that has been one of the great takeaways from this," Colangelo said. "Communication skills, time management, learning how to write a proposal, we've learned and improved on all of that."

"This is a lot of fun, it really is," Eddy said. "These are my best friends, so working with them is effortless. And we know we're making a difference by helping people understand the prevalence of domestic violence and help violence survivors understand that they are not alone."

To order tickets or to donate, visit www.sistersontherunway.org. or email them at benefit@sistersontherunway.org.



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