(Moab Times-Independent)- WabiSabi, a Moab based nonprofit thrift store, awarded $7,500 to 12 local nonprofit organizations. The money was raised at WabiSabi’s 2007 Mardi Gras Fashion Show.
More than 300 people attended WabiSabi’s fifth annual fashion show in February that featured fashion lines designed and made by local designers. All of the outfits were made out of recycled materials. An auction was held for each of the fashion outfits with many of them selling for more than $200.
Each of the attendees and the volunteers were asked to vote for one of WabiSabi’s 12 non-profit partners. The votes were used to determine how the money raised at the event would be distributed to the different nonprofit partners. The nonprofit organization with the most votes received the largest financial award. The 12 WabiSabi non-profit partners, in order of number of votes received, are The Bike Barn, Youth Garden Project, KZMU, Canyonlands Recycling, Humane Society, Amigos Club, Living Rivers, BEACON After School Adventure, Seekhaven, Native American Club, The Moab Valley Multicultural Center, and Grand County Hospice. Each group received a check for $500 to $1,000.
“This was the best Fashion Show ever thanks to the incredible community support we received. We had over 100 volunteers as models, designers, decorators, and more,” said Jeff Cohen, the executive director of WabiSabi. He also added that many local businesses donated materials and services to the event.
WabiSabi has two thrift stores that sell used merchandise. The WabiSabi Thriftique, located at 350 South 400 East, and The WabiSabi Warehouse, located at 145 West 200 South. DVDs of the show are for sale at both locations.