Vail Today: Girl PowHER Fashion Show raises funds to empower girls
By Tricia Swenson | Vail Today
An annual rite of spring, the Girl PowHER Fashion Show allowed those seeking the warmth of summer a glimmer of hope as sun dresses, shorts and sandals graced the stage at this year’s fundraising event. The fashion show featured spring and summer looks from Gorsuch, Perch, Garbarini and Gray Salt. Bright colors, embroidery and camouflage were evident in the styles worn on stage. The models were local women and men who strutted down the catwalk for charity while their friends and family in the sold-out crowd cheered them on. It takes courage to strut down a catwalk, and courage is what Girl PowHER is all about. The event was presented by Amanda Precourt. Her vision to create Girl PowHER led to the collaboration with the Vail Valley Foundation’s YouthPower365. Precourt wanted a program that would help young women navigate the challenges of their adolescent and teen years. Since it’s inception in 2011, it has empowered over 500 girls in Eagle County. The generosity from past events has allowed Girl PowHER to expand to Red Canyon High School, Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy and Vail Mountain School this spring. They are also piloting a group mentoring program in the fall of 2017. Beyond what’s new for spring and summer styles, Girl PowHER is also focusing on gently used clothing donations for its PowHER Up For Success event on April 13. The annual PowHER Up for Success event is an evening of mentoring and networking for women and high school girls. They are seeking appropriate and professional clothing that the girls could wear for a job interview. Donations can be dropped off at the YouthPower365 office in Avon at 90 Benchmark Road, Suite 202. For more information, contact Brittany Kinney at firstname.lastname@example.org.