November 19, 2008

Owens Black Student Union Raises Diabetes Awareness During First-Ever ‘Red Carpet Fashion Show’, Nov. 24

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Area residents are invited to experience the latest in glamour, fashion, dance and music in support of diabetes awareness and research as Owens Community College’s Black Student Union presents its first-ever “Red Carpet Fashion Show” on Monday, Nov. 24. All proceeds raised from the event will benefit the American Diabetes Association.

The Black Student Union’s “Red Carpet Fashion Show” will occur from 6-9 p.m. in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts’ Mainstage Theatre on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

“Owens Community College’s Black Student Union is delighted to offer an evening full of glitz, glamour and fashion to benefit diabetes awareness and research,” said Shawanda Johnson, Owens Black Student Union Advisor. “There are over 23 million children and adults in this country who are afflicted with diabetes. Our goal is to help in the fight against this terrible disease by raising funds for diabetes research, which will hopefully lead to a cure.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to view an array of clothing during the “Red Carpet Fashion Show”. Themed fashion scenes taking place throughout the evening will include winter/fall, Caribbean island, children, hip hop and red alert in recognition of diabetes awareness. Featured “Red Carpet Fashion Show” models will be students attending Owens, Toledo Public Schools and Winterfield Venture Charter Academy, as well as community members.

Entertainment will be provided by the Owens Dance Express Team, House of Adonis, Winterfield Venture Charter Academy, and Springfield High School graduate and Bowling Green State University student performer “Monica”, among many others. Nationally-known comedian Darrell Banks and Hot 97.3 on-air radio personality lilD will serve as the event hosts.

Additionally, Rossford First Baptist Church Rev. Alexander Sheares will share personal accounts about his struggles with diabetes.

Tickets for the “Red Carpet Fashion Show” are $5 for the general public, $2 for senior citizens and young children, and $3 for Owens students. To purchase tickets, contact the College’s Student Life and Athletics Office at (567) 661-7583 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7583.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College 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