Updated: 10/18/2013 11:36 PM
Created: 10/18/2013 11:19 PM WHEC.com
Aside from all the glitz and glamour, men and women taking part in Fashion Week of Rochester are walking the runway for a good cause.
The show is meant to show off some of the hottest styles for fall, but it is also organization that offers counseling, shelter and education to many of Rochester's homeless teens.
These shows have raised more than $100 thousand for teen shelters here and across the state and this is money that couldn't have come at a better time. Shelter officials say they have taken a big hit over the last ten years.
Many shelters including the Center for Youth on Monroe Avenue have faced enormous cuts and reductions from the state in one way or the other. The money that comes from events like this will go straight to those places that help teens who are struggling and in need of direction.
Rochester Fashion Week has helped fill that gap. More than 200 volunteers came together to put on Friday's production with hundreds of viewers joining in. All sharing the message that no teen should go hungry or be left alone on the streets.
Executive Director Elaine Spaull says, "We don't want to turn children away. We don't want to have anybody not having a safe place to sleep. Fashion Week has helped keep those shelters open. The main reason we do Fashion Week--all the glitz and glamour and fun and creativity--is really for our kids."
There will be another show at the Temple Building Saturday night and on Sunday there will be a Boutique Crawl. There is still plenty of time to get out there and enjoy Rochester's Fashion Week especially if you would like to join on a good cause.
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