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MODA fashion show benefits Komen Foundation

Nov. 12, 2005

KALAMAZOO--"Fusion," a runway fashion show presented by the Merchandising Opportunities Design Association at Western Michigan University begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Park Trades Center in downtown Kalamazoo. One-half of the proceeds from the show will benefit the Southwest Michigan Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Clothing featured in the show will be modeled by WMU students. Hairstyling will be provided by Portfolio and make up will be provided by the Modern 3 salon. Students begin work on the annual show at the beginning of fall semester, although many designers work on their clothing year round.

General admission tickets are $7 and will be sold at the door. VIP tickets are available in advance for $20. VIP ticket-holders will receive premium reserved seating and a variety of hors d'ouvres and beverages will be available for them beginning at 7 p.m. For more information about the show and VIP tickets, contact modawmu@hotmail.com.

Since its founding in 1998 with 10 original members, MODA, a registered student organization, has grown to more than 40 active members. The annual "Fusion" fashion show was born in 2002 when MODA members decided they wanted a larger creative outlet and more community involvement. Every aspect of the show's production is handled by MODA members, including securing a venue, designing a set and creating a variety of promotional products. Kelly Weathers, an assistant professor in the WMU Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, serves as advisor for the group.

The Southwest Michigan Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation has received 50 percent of the proceeds from each of the annual MODA fashion shows.

"Fusion" is sponsored by the National City WMU Visa Platinum card. The Park Trades Center is located at 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave. in downtown Kalamazoo.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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