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Furry fashion show is Thursday

The stage is almost set for one of the most unique events to ever take place at Washington Square Mall. "Rescues & Runways," a fashion show sponsored by Maurices to benefit the Humane Society of the Lakes, will take place this Thursday, Sept....

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The stage is almost set for one of the most unique events to ever take place at Washington Square Mall.

"Rescues & Runways," a fashion show sponsored by Maurices to benefit the Humane Society of the Lakes, will take place this Thursday, Sept. 17 at the mall, located on Washington Avenue in downtown Detroit Lakes.

Wearing the latest in fall fashions from Maurices, a total of about a dozen local models will strut their stuff on a runway built inside the former Curves location, across from Bliss and Sunflower Hill.

According to Alison Sukke, manager of Maurices' Detroit Lakes store, the models will be accompanied by some furry companions -- pets from the Humane Society that are currently in need of adoption.

The show gets underway at 6 p.m., and is expected to last approximately half an hour, Sukke said. Besides the models, about a dozen volunteers from the Humane Society, as well as Mary Kay Cosmetics and Regis hairstylists (who will be doing makeup and hair for the models) will be donating their time for the fund-raiser, she added.

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There will also be free refreshments, with beverages provided by the local McDonalds Restaurant and cookies from Central Market, Sukke said.

"Hopefully we'll have lots and lots of people that come," she added, noting that there will be a raffle at the end of the show, with all proceeds going to the Humane Society.

The fashion show is actually part of an overall "Rescues & Runways" campaign that was organized by the Maurices franchise, with stores across the region hosting promotional events to benefit not only their local humane societies and animal shelters, but also the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

In addition to the fashion show, Maurices in Detroit Lakes has also been sponsoring a pet supply drive, through the end of September. Area residents can come into the store "anytime we're open" and drop off office and cleaning supplies as well as pet supplies -- "anything the humane society can use," Sukke said. Cash donations will also be accepted, she added.

The store will be accepting donations for this drive during the fashion show as well, said Sukke.

Customers who bring in a donation during the month of September will receive a coupon for 20 percent off one regular-priced item. The campaign goal is to collect 500,000 pounds of supplies across the nation.

Also recognizing pet lovers' devotion to their own pets, Maurices has introduced a limited edition "Friends For Life Charm" that will be on sale at the store through the end of October. For $5, pet lovers can purchase a charm that separates into two parts, with one half to be worn by the pet, and the other half by its owner.

For every charm purchased, $2.50 will go to support the ASPCA and its national shelter outreach program. The ASPCA will receive a minimum donation of $50,000 from Maurices, with an ultimate goal of raising more than $100,000.

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A reporter at Detroit Lakes Newspapers since relocating to the community in October 2000, Vicki was promoted to Community News Lead for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and Perham Focus on Jan. 1, 2022. She has covered pretty much every "beat" that a reporter can be assigned, from county board and city council to entertainment, crime and even sports. Born and raised in Madelia, Minnesota, she is a graduate of Hamline University, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in English literature (writing concentration). You can reach her at vgerdes@dlnewspapers.com.
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