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Lesley Haenny is the Seattle Editor for Miss A. She is an Air Force wife now living in the Seattle area. Prior to living in Seattle, Lesley spent 7 years in Washington, DC, working as a Congressional liaison. She grew up in a small, mountain town in Southern California, sandwiched between an older sister and a younger brother. Her two hard working parents taught her to always go for the clearance rack, bring your lunch everyday, work hard for what you have, and always take the opportunity to travel and play outside. Lesley has been actively involved in various charities such as the Animal Resource Foundation, Komen For the Cure, Prevent Cancer Foundation, American Diabetes Association and the Race for Hope (benefitting the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure).

Recap: Runway To Freedom In Seattle To Benefit Mary’s Place

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 BartleJamie Von StrattonDevon Yan BerrongCami FunkKate Kinkle Designs, The CoolBoho Republic and Zebra Club. Musical guests included Ayron Jones and The WayAlana BelleLuc and the LovingtonsOtieno Terry, and Jairemie Alexander.

Jairemie Alexander and Lauren Grinnell (Photo Credit: Alexandra Celia Photography)

Jairemie Alexander and Lauren Grinnell (Photo Credit: Alexandra Celia Photography)

Luc and the Lovingtons (Photo Credit: Glen Shackley)

Luc and the Lovingtons (Photo Credit: Glen Shackley)

Otieno Terry (Photo Credit: Glen Shackley)

Otieno Terry (Photo Credit: Glen Shackley)

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.

Lauren Grinnell and Macklemore (Photo Credit: Kendall Lauren Photography

Lauren Grinnell and Macklemore (Photo Credit: Kendall Lauren Photography)

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.

(Photo Credit: Amir Zahed)

(Photo Credit: Amir Zahed)

(Photo Credit: Amir Zahed)

(Photo Credit: Amir Zahed)

(Photo Credit: Lena Peterson Photography)

(Photo Credit: Lena Peterson Photography)

 

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