The Showbox recently hosted Runway to Freedom 5, benefiting Mary’s Place. Runway to Freedom is produced and curated by Lauren Grinnell, who founded the charitable organization in 2010. The yearly fashion show and live auction were created to help build awareness about domestic violence. Their goal is to raise money to aid local charities that provide services to families in violent situations. This year, Runway to Freedom raised $40,000 for Mary’s Place!
This year’s event included a fashion show with designs by Justin Zachary Bartle, Jamie Von Stratton, Devon Yan Berrong, Cami Funk, Kate Kinkle Designs, The Cool, Boho Republic and Zebra Club. Musical guests included Ayron Jones and The Way, Alana Belle, Luc and the Lovingtons, Otieno Terry, and Jairemie Alexander.
Guests who donated $1,000 or more had the chance to meet Seattle-native, Macklemore, at a meet and greet prior to the fashion show.
“I’m glad to know people are finally talking about domestic violence, but we need to remember, this is not a new problem,” said Grinnell, stylist and owner of Lalascuts. Numbers from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence show an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault each year. Grinnell’s mission is to aid women who find themselves in these kinds of abusive relationships.
The mission of Mary’s Place is to empower homeless women and families to reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community. They are one of the leading voices for homeless women and children in emergency situations.