Friendship House’s fashion show brings in record revenue

March 11, 2019
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Sophia Michaels models an ensemble designed by Nancy Watts that won best overall design Thursday evening at Friendship House’s En Vogue Fashion Show and Benefit Auction at the Swinomish Casino & Lodge. Watts also won for best re-purposed design

Friendship House’s ninth annual En Vogue Fashion Show and Benefit Auction had its most successful year yet.

According to preliminary numbers, the Thursday night event brought in about $40,000 — $10,000 more than last year, said Tina Tate, executive director of the homeless services nonprofit.

About 200 people attended the show at the Swinomish Casino & Lodge to watch models walk the runway in outfits from local designers.

Tate said designers were required to use at least 80 percent recycled materials when creating their outfits.

This year’s winner for best overall design, as well as best re-purposed design, was Nancy Watts.

“(She) did four dresses out of plastic grocery bags,” Tate said. “She had amazing designs.”

Tate said the event is Friendship House’s largest fundraiser of the year and covers about 5 percent of its annual budget.