December 2, 2009

Owens Black Student Union ‘Red Carpet Fashion Show’ Raises Over $750 in Support of Diabetes Awareness

“Red Carpet Fashion Show” models (L to R) Bridget Hanson, Charvette Benefield and Keyaira Smith pose for a photo prior to the start of the evening’s festivities.

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Hundreds of area residents recently experienced the latest in glamour, fashion, dance and music as Owens Community College’s Black Student Union presented its second annual “Red Carpet Fashion Show”. The evening festivities resulted in the student group raising over $750 in support of diabetes awareness and research for the American Diabetes Association.

“Owens Community College’s Black Student Union is proud to work with the American Diabetes Association and help raise money for diabetes awareness and research,” said Shawanda Johnson, Owens Black Student Union Advisor.

Johnson added, “Our goal for the annual event is to help in the fight against this terrible disease. I want to thank all those individuals who made this year’s ‘Red Carpet Fashion Show’ a huge success, and I encourage people to continue to promote and support diabetes awareness.”

Attendees had the opportunity to view an array of clothing during the “Red Carpet Fashion Show” to several themed fashion scenes such as winter/fall, children, hip hop, swim wear and red alert in recognition of diabetes awareness. Featured “Red Carpet Fashion Show” models included students attending Owens, Toledo Public Schools and Winterfield Venture Charter Academy as well as community members.

Entertainment was provided by the Owens Dance Express Team and the nationally-recognized performance groups House of Adonis of Toledo and All-Stars of Boston, among many others. Nationally-known comedian Darrell Banks served as the event host.

L.B. Davis models red alert fashion in recognition of diabetes awareness during the fashion show at Owens.

L.B. Davis models red alert fashion in recognition of diabetes awareness during the fashion show at Owens.

Additionally, Toledo’s Glass City Church of Christ Rev. Robert G. Birt Jr. shared insight into his own personal accounts with diabetes.

One of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio, Owens Community College is a fully accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit