Press release: GRCC Fashion Merchandising and Salvation Army Fashion Show

Kathy Mullins
Executive Deputy to the President and Board Liaison

March 8, 2013, Grand Rapids, MI -- Grand Rapids Community College’s Fashion Show Production class and the Salvation Army will join together on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, to present, “Worn In, Not Out.” The fashion show will feature trendy ensembles and unique finds from Salvation Army thrift stores in the Grand Rapids area.

“The event showcases the production skills, passion and innovation of Fashion Merchandising students, while bringing awareness to The Salvation Army’s Family Thrift Store’s many treasures,” says Marianne Bockhiem, GRCC Fashion Merchandising professor.

The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Salvation Army Family Thrift Store located at 1491 Division Ave., in Grand Rapids, MI.  Admission is free, but donations will be accepted and attendees are encouraged to get there early and shop the store.  

Every ten dollars spent in the thrift store and every ten items donated to Salvation Army that evening will qualify attendees to enter a drawing for one of the prizes donated by West Michigan retailers Ann Taylor LOFT, Dear Prudence, Lae’An Hat Boutique, and Tenden Fashion and Accessory Designs.  
All donations and proceeds from the fashion show will go to The Salvation Army and those it supports.  For more information regarding the fashion show, please contact Marianne Bockhiem (616) 481-3333 or

The Salvation Army provides youth programs, adult rehabilitation services, emergency disaster services, planned giving, and utility assistance throughout the community.  Salvation Army thrift stores are one way for the organization to create jobs and help those in need.  For more information about please visit

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.