A Rockford non profit organization invites the community to Giovani's Restaurant & Convention Center for a fashion show.
"We're having a Thrifty Teen Fashion Show to raise money for our mentoring program to help under served girls here in Rockford get off to college in the fall," KFACT Executive Director Shamika Williams said.
The organization, which stands for Keeping Families and Communities Together, is a mentoring program and nonprofit that helps Rockford area girls from 7th graders to high school seniors prepare for life after they graduate.
"We're also helping girls in our mentoring program with college applications, ACT applications, to take their testing," Williams said.
Williams said money raised from the fashion show will keep those services going. People donated more than KFACT expected. The goal was to sell 250 tickets and 300 were purchased.
Rayneria Noriah modeled for the show and is thankful for all she has received from her role model "Ms. Shamika".
"It kind of makes me tear up because she is like a second mom," Noriah said. "She took me right in and because she is like, 'I want you to have this', that touched me."
KFACT helped Noriah get accepted to Tennessee State University and learn about ways to pay for school.
"She called me and said 'let's get to working on these scholarships'," Noriah said.
Sammie Cardwell is another rising star in the nonprofit. The high school sophomore said she didn't even want to go to college until she got involved with KFACT.
"A lot of people come from broken homes and Ms. Shamika and a lot of the other mentors we have help us with restoring ourselves and then bettering our lives," Cardwell said.
So with every step these girls take on the runway, organizers believe they're also paving a new path for future success.
KFACT is hosting another event for these girls at the end of April. They are looking for businesses to offer opportunities for the girls to visit on "Take Your Daughter to Work Day". Please visit the organization's website at www.k-fact.org to find out more information