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Amanda Precourt models a gown designed by local architect Karl Krueger for last year's Project Funway. The dress is made of bread ties. This year's Project Funway is Friday at the Westin.
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If You Go

What: EFEC’s Project Funway

Where: Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek

When: 6:30-11 p.m., Friday

Cost: $45, Eagle County schools employees. $85, adult general admission, $125 reserved seating. $250 VIP front row. $25 kids dance party (children participate

in viewing runway show and then attend their own party with dancing, movies, prize drawing, and crafts).

Information: For more information on the event or to purchase advance tickets, go to http://www.efec.org/event/profun. For more information on the EFEC visit http://www.efec.org.

VAIL — This ain’t your momma’s fashion show.

Project Funway may be one of the valleys best-looking benefits. The fourth annual Project Funway is unconventional, a little outrageous and is on Friday at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa. The Education Foundation of Eagle County started as a fundraiser to offset brutal cuts in Colorado’s education funding a few years back. It worked better than anyone envisioned.

“Honestly, we never dreamed Project Funway would take off like this,” said Pavan Krueger, chair of the event. “People really, really have with fun the whole concept of the evening — designing, modeling or just attending.

Based on the TV hit, “Project Runway,” Ef(ec)’s Project Funway allows amateur designers to sample the world of high fashion and parade their creations on the runway. These aspiring Chanels call upon the muse of everyday objects — including bread tabs, bubble wrap and dryer lint — and create couture designs made of anything but fabric. Most years they have a category for creations made from fabric. Not this year.

“Everything but fabric this year. Anything goes as long as it’s not conventional,” Kreuger said.

Growing every year

Project Funway started a few years ago as a party among friends. They rented a local pavilion and had a blast. The next year, they had to rent a bigger pavilion. Last year, they moved to The Westin and will return there this year.

“It’s much bigger. We have 55 designers this year,” Kreuger said.

There are two youth categories: 9 and younger, and 10 and older. The adult category is for anyone with grownup tendencies and who has seen enough birthdays.

Pavan’s husband, Karl Kreuger, is an architect and enters a creation every year. He usually wins, so as you can see, unconventional fashion loves an unconventional designer.

The event begins with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and gourmet nibbles provided by The Westin’s Maya. Then models hit the elevated runway, some wearing their own creations and others modeling what other designers made, and strut for the crowd and a panel of local celebrity judges. After the awards ceremony, all in attendance have the chance to take a turn on the runway.

“It’s a perfect night out with your girlfriends or a great date night with your fashion-forward man. Either way, you won’t regret coming out to support the cause!” Kreuger said.

EF(EC)’s effect

The Education Foundation of Eagle County is a nonprofit organization that raises funds to offset some of the budget cuts the Eagle County School District has experienced during the past few years. The organization has been around in various forms for years as a fundraising tool for special events associated with local schools.

“The primary goal is to raise money to retain quality teachers in Eagle County schools,” Kreuger said.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.


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