Two thrift shops in Nelson County are partnering once again to highlight fashion for a good cause.

On April 7, the Treasure Chest Thrift Store at the Rockfish Valley Community Center (RVCC) and the SPCA Thrift Shop on U.S. 29 are hosting their third annual Rescue Runway. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the community can enjoy a fashion show and good food while raising money for two nonprofits at RVCC in Afton. Around 23 local residents will be modeling clothes from the two thrift stores.“It’s a collective effort with multiple steps and purposes,” Dianna Schillinger, from the Treasure Chest Thrift Store at RVCC, said.

Schillinger said the money the Treasure Chest raises year-round goes to the RVCC and the money the SPCA thrift shop raises year-round goes to the Nelson County SPCA.

“Neither are for profit and this is a way to show that to the community,” Schillinger said.

Schillinger said the past two Rescue Runway fundraisers have been very successful. The first year, around $1,200 was raised and the second year almost $2,500 was raised. The money is split between RVCC and the Nelson County SPCA.

The $10 admission for anyone ages 5 and older covers the food donated by local caterers, bakers, and individuals. Coffee, tea, and other beverages are also provided. Schillinger said the big money maker is the raffle baskets the two thrift stores put together. This year, they are expecting to raffle off 30 themed baskets. Themes include “cat,” “dog,” and “beach.” Everything in each basket comes from the two thrift stores.

Bette Grahame, president of the Nelson County Humane Society for the past 31 years, said she is looking forward to another successful fashion show.

“The models are wearing clothes from both thrift shops. Some models will walk with their dogs and some children are modeling as well,” Grahame said.

Grahame said the SPCA uses funding from the thrift store to provide vaccinations and purchase items for the animals like pet food.

“Right now we probably have about 15 dogs and between 50 and 60 cats,” Grahame said.

Grahame said she’s enjoyed working with the Treasure Chest thrift shop and is hoping to draw the same crowd as in previous years. Schillinger estimated around 200 people came to last year’s fashion fundraiser.

“It’s a great opportunity for you to see what the community can do together,” Schillinger said. “There is nothing like it in Nelson County. We think it’s the place to be.”

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Erin Conway covers Nelson County. Reach her at (434) 385-5524 or econway@newsadvance.com.

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