We are excited to announce we raised a total of over $27,000 for the Catamount Institute this year! With that said, we would love to recap our much anticipated, “Faces of the World” Fashion Show & Greenie Awards this past April. For the second year in a row we chose Catamount Institute as the recipiant of our fundraising throughout the month. Catatmount Institute was established in 1997 by Julie Francis and Howard Drossman when they bought 177 acres from the old Catamount YMCA ranch. Their mission was dedication to inspring ecological stewardship through research, education and leadership. One of the programs that touched our hearts the most was their award-winning Catatmount Club, Young Enviromental Stewards or the “YES Club”. This program was developed to teach disadvantaged youth about leadership, ecology and technology. Their commitment to our youth and our future resonated with both our team and ours guests. So, to raise as much money as possible for the Catamount Institute, we wanted to put on a fabulous show and exceed everyone’s expectations. The evening started with the wonderful Taico Drummers that set the tone for the show. The dynamic Dj Brandon Lee brought the models out to a remixed version of the Beatles “Come Together” and AWOL Nation”s “Sail”. Our staff had been working for months on predominately recycled outfits that encompaased our theme, “Faces of the World”. Veda’s own Artistic team shined on their first on stage production that included wild hairstyling and makeup.
For the first time, we involved the communinty by asking them to participate by making an outfit for the show. We had several teams and individuals joining in on the fun such as: a group of girls from Freedom Elementary, Core Power Yoga, Malori Rouse from Core Power Yoga and Kirsty Strobridge from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. We had 3 fashion segments which were divided by different continents, cultures and inspirations.
Judging the models outfits were, D-Rock from Magic FM, Gazette Person, Becca Siebert and Jan Martin. The first place winner’s were our very own stylists from out Broadmoor Towne Center location, Brandy Traynor and Shalie Kost. Second place was a team of stylists from our University Village location, Cassie Chenoweth and Amber Arena. The third place winner’s was the team from Core Power Yoga. It was a hard decision to make for the judges, but after much deliberation they came to a conclusion.
To represent our community, we had a special segment called “Faces of the Community” which we had the girls from Freedom Elementary, a retired Captain in the Army, an Air Force Academy cadet, a “YES” Club 4th grader, a teacher from Widefield highschool and our fabulous photographer Teresa Lee. As far was entertainment, the crowd was not let down. We had hip hop dancers from Derby Dance, an A Capella version of a portguese love song, guiter playing and beautiful poetry.
Throughout the music and fashion we presented out Greenie Awards. Here is a list of the winners:
Greenie Award Winners:
Individual: Alicia Archibald Business: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Comunnity: Venetucci Farm School: Pikes Peak Community College Eniviromental Group: Trails and Open Spaces Coalition
The night was filled with music, fashion, dance, but most of all it was exciting to see the community come together to raise money for such a worthy cause. We would love to give a huge thanks to all of our supporters and everyone that made the show happen. We hope to see everyone again next year!