KOMO4 News anchor Molly Shen had a lot to say about Seattle Children’s Hospital when she stepped out on the runway to introduce the Front Row Fashion show on Sept. 26.
“I hope you know that while you’re watching the show tonight you’re also helping kids,” she said after sharing that her daughter had been a patient at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
The hospital was one of the beneficiaries of the event, presented by Vogue at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue.
There’s a lot of glitz and glam when it comes to Bellevue Fashion Week, but the shows are about more than just fashion. Posh Party Trend Show and the Vogue show donated 100 percent of ticket sales, more than $100,000, to Seattle Children’s Hospital and Bellevue LifeSpring.
The Vogue show raised more than $57,300 for Seattle Children’s Hospital. Money raised will support children’s health research.
The Posh Party Trend Show on Sept. 25 raised $45,225 for Bellevue LifeSpring, an organization that provides back-to-school clothing, educational scholarships, and emergency services to thousands of families in Bellevue. Money raised by the show was nearly double from last year ($22,850) due in part to its celebrity host, Rachel Zoe, who always attracts a crowd.
“The money raised tonight will provide 45,225 meals to hungry children living in poverty in our community. For those voices that so often go unheard, we thank you,” said Jennifer Fischer, executive director of Bellevue LifeSpring.
The Bellevue Collection has been a longtime supporter of the organization. Jennifer Leavitt, vice president of marketing was a recipient of scholarships through Bellevue LifeSpring that helped pay her college tuition.
Located inside the Bellevue Collection is Bellevue LifeSpring’s Thrift Shop where many residents donate lightly used or new clothing for resale. The Kemper Freeman family charges the organization just $1 a year for the coveted space.
“The funds raised at these two events go to two outstanding beneficiaries and we are proud to be able to continue our philanthropic culture of giving back to our community,” Leavitt said in a statement.