Bellevue Fashion Week is more than a parade of silky dresses and designer jeans. It’s also a major fundraiser for kids living in poverty or dealing with severe distress.
This year’s Bellevue Fashion Week – held Sept. 24-28 – raised nearly $85,000 for Bellevue LifeSpring and The Moyer Foundation. All of the ticket sales revenue to the Posh Party Trend Show and Front Row Fashion presented by Vogue went to the two local nonprofits.
On Sept. 26, Posh Party raised $22,850 for Bellevue LifeSpring, a local organization that provides back-to-school clothing, educational scholarships and emergency services to more than 3,600 families in Bellevue. The money raised at Posh Party will provide 21,000 meals for hungry children living in poverty. Before the Posh Party runway show, Jennifer Leavitt, vice president of marketing for The Bellevue Collection, gave a thoughtful speech on how Bellevue LifeSpring (then Overlake Service League) helped her afford college tuition as a young student. The Bellevue Collection has been a longtime supporter of Bellevue LifeSpring. The Kemper Freeman family allows the nonprofit to have its Thrift Shop in Bellevue Square for only $1 a year in rent. People donate their new and gently used clothing to the Thrift Shop and profits go towards Bellevue LifeSpring’s social service programs.
Fashion Week 2014 was the fifth year the Bellevue Collection has chosen The Moyer Foundation as the beneficiary of Front Row Fashion presented by Vogue. This year’s event raised $61,325 for the organization. Over the last five it’s raised $285,000. The Moyer Foundation works with kids dealing with severe distress. It’s founded by former major league all-star pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen.