Long Way Home raised $10,000, its targeted fundraising goal, at the sixth annual Rubbish to Runway Fashion Show-Boston held at the Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury, MA on October 8 this year.
Thirty-one different dresses constructed from recycled materials that included bread ties, shower curtains, old umbrellas, surfing wet suits and retired Macy plastic bags rocked the runway. Choreographed performances to music ranging from rap to the theme from “Rawhide" invigorated the models as they strutted, danced and walked the 28’ runway.
LWH’s Executive Director, Matt Paneitz, appeared onstage at his first R2R event. He spoke on behalf of the event, reminding the audience that Rubbish to Runway, now holding events in Houston and LA as well as Boston, and soon to be in Edmonton, Canada, are Long Way Home’s flagship fundraising events each year. The contributions from the night will go to the "Finishing Touches" campaign. He said he was impressed with the professionalism of the dresses, the models and the shear energy in the room.
Curator Paula Estey awarded Best in Show to designer Beth Massey for her dress “Project Bread” made from over 1000 plastic bread ties. Massey collected the bread ties from friends and family and a last minute visit to the Fantini Bakery in Haverhill, MA.
Next year’s Rubbish to Runway events will be held in LA in May, Houston in July and Salisbury, MA on October 14, 2017.
~Elizabeth Rose, Founder/Director Rubbish to Runway, Board Member LWH