Wishing on a Runway 2015

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by Amber Carlson, Fashion Writer

What is better than charity, fashion and A cappella? All three put together in one amazing event called Wishing on a Runway. This past Thursday Wishing on a Runway held their third annual event at Gordon Dining and Event Center. The Wisconsin School of Business student government partnered with the School of Human Ecology design students to put on a fashion event benefiting an organization called Maggie’s Angels.

The UW A cappella group Pitches and Notes opened the event with some Christmas music and a beautiful Disney song medley. Next, the A cappella group Under A-Rest performed an original song titled “Walking in Madtown,” a rendition of “Walking in Memphis.” They closed with a spectacular Coldplay medley. After both groups performed, we were given some more insight into the Maggie’s Angels organization.

Dave and Barb Bye, the parents of Maggie Bye who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of fifteen, founded Maggie’s Angels. Maggie’s parents spoke about her love of fashion and how even when she was sick she started designing jewelry as a hobby. During her life she dreamed of becoming a fashion designer, so it comes as no surprise that her wish to the Make-A-Wish Foundation was to meet designer Marc Jacobs. When Jacobs was contacted, he had a hard time understanding how an eighteen-year-old girl’s only wish was to meet him. Maggie and her family traveled to New York in October of 2006 for her wish to come true. They spent five days in the city, but the best day of their trip was the day they spent with Jacobs in his New York studio. Maggie and Jacobs picked out a purse and some sunglasses together, which she was able to take home with her. Maggie’s parents said those gifts were her most prized possessions. After her wish was granted, Maggie made it her goal to help other sick children get their wishes granted. Unfortunately, Maggie lost her battle with cancer in December of 2008. Shortly after, her friends and family came together to form Maggie’s Angels as a way to carry out Maggie’s legacy.

Since its founding, Maggie’s Angels has raised between $25,000-$40,000 annually. They have also succeeded in granting around 25 wishes for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Furthermore, they continually donate to the Children’s Hospital where Maggie spent much of her time. This year’s Wishing on a Runway event raised money for Emma, an 18-year-old girl living with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma from Brookfield, Wisconsin. Emma loves history, and her wish is to go to Italy, which is to be granted next year.

After Maggie’s parents presentation, the fashion show began. With the company of great music, student models walked the runway in fabulous student designs. Looks such as a hand-woven dress and a Christmas-inspired skirt and sweater were highlights of the show. After all the student designs were showcased, Maurices and Banana Republic showed their charity support by showing off some of their fall and winter collections. All in all, it was a fabulous show for a wonderful cause!


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