CAMDEN, NJ — The 5th annual Garbage Bag Gala Fashion Show will be held at the Marian House on May 15 in support of women's and family programs at Camden’s Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center.

“The Garbage Bag Gala is one-of-a-kind fashion show,” said the Salvation Army’s Major Susan Wood. “We’re very excited to showcase the creations of our many talented designers participating in this inspiring show that seems to get exponentially better every year — all in support of The Salvation Army’s goal of transforming the life of every member of our community.” 

The Marian House is located at 507 Kings Highway South in Cherry Hill.

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The runway show will feature dazzling fashion made from a wide-array of materials, including recycled items as well as garbage bags. 

On display will be more than 30 designs from Drexel’s Westphal College of Media Art and Design, which includes work by former “Project Runway” contestant Nancy Volpe Beringer.

The event, which costs $125 to attend, will be emceed by Fox 29 co-anchor Thomas Drayton.

“The Salvation Army is often an unsung hero serving every need — the whole person — through their incredible Kroc Center,” said Angela Barnshaw, Chair of the Garbage Bag Gala Planning Committee. “These recycled materials transformed into gorgeous garments offer amazing symbolism for the good work being done by The Salvation Army.”

Food, drinks and music will be available during a pre-show reception for the gala, which begins at 6:30 pm. The fashion show starts at roughly 8 pm.

Those attending have the option of incorporating recycled materials into their attire — from which one will be crowned “Trashiest Dressed of the Night.”

Proceeds from the gala will support programs at the Kroc Center aimed at helping single mothers, their families and women who are head-of-household. 

“Funds raised help make possible programs such as after-school care, fitness and recreation activities, prayer and Bible study groups, nutrition classes and special events like ‘Operation Cinderella,’” said organizers in a press release. “The Garbage Bag Gala also helps meet the needs of the community by providing funding for food assistance, Christmas meals and holiday toys for low-income families.”

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