GRCC Fashion Students and the Salvation Army “All Dolled Up!” for Second Annual Fashion Fundraiser

Students in Grand Rapids Community College’s Fashion Show Production class know money is tight right now. But they also know how to stretch a budget to include the trendy looks they love.  Their secret: The Salvation Army.

For the second year, the two groups will collaborate to present their annual fashion show, Thursday, March 1. According to Marianne Bockheim, who teaches the class, the goal for the project is two-fold: “While raising awareness of The Salvation Army’s quest to build strong communities, this year’s runway show will feature current fashions to be found at the Salvation Army and highlight fun, fresh ways to be fashionable at a fraction of the cost.”

Fashion Show Production class curriculum makes students responsible for the theme selection, stage design, model selection and choreography, wardrobe selection, hair and makeup interpretation, and marketing and promotion of the show. “The students are excited to showcase their talents while supporting such an important organization,” says Bockheim.

To encourage generous donations of apparel and home fashions and to inspire a fun-filled shopping night, the students decided that for every $10 spent or 10 items donated - that evening only, - one will be entered into a drawing for fabulous prize giveaways at the end of the evening.

The show will be presented at 7:30 pm March 1 at The Salvation Army Thrift Store and Rehabilitation Center, 1491 S. Division Ave.

For further information or interviews, contact Marianne Bockheim at or (616) 481-3333.

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.