Ball State fashion students to give back with ‘Thrifty and Thriving’ fashion show

Ball State’s fashion promotions class is hosting “Thrifty and Thriving” Saturday to raise money for the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).

The event will include activities such as a raffle, a photo booth and a pop-up shop.

The class hosts a variation of the fundraiser every fall and spring semester. In the past, students have used the fundraiser to raise money for the class itself, but since there were fewer students this year, the group decided to donate their funds to a non-profit, Gabriella Harbridge, the marketing coordinator, said.

“We thought it would be beneficial for both parties [because] it feels good to help out the community and meet all these new people. It’s for a good cause, and it really helped us because we would have to pull together our own show with our funds,” Harbridge said. “With this, we have a host helping us while we help them, so it’s a win-win situation.”

When the group was discussing what organization to give to, it realized most of the members were familiar with the YWCA. They officially decided on the non-profit because Harbridge believed they needed help, and they provide most of their aid to residents of Muncie with secondhand clothing.

“The YWCA has always been a part of the community, and we wanted to reach out to that,” Harbridge said. “Their building needs some love, and they asked us to host it in their gym, so it was something special to us.”

Coordinator Ashley Pertocelli said planning an event with less than half the people from years before made everything much more difficult, but the class is still expecting a good turnout from other Ball State students and the Muncie community alike.

“We hope to expect around 100 people at the show once our ticket sales are finalized,” Pertocelli said. “It has been difficult due to only have 13 people in our fashion promotions class putting on the event which is a lot smaller than previous classes who have had about 40 students to help.”

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