BET may have Black Girls That Rock, but on Friday, November 4th at the Jackson Convention Complex, the runway got rocked and for a good cause. Taken straight from the pages of New York Fashion Week, the Convention Complex was transformed into a common gathering place for 500 plus of Jackson’s most fashionable and fabulous.
It was a sold out event as Divas4Charity presented their inaugural Rock the Runway Fashion Show. Hosted by radio personalities Tambra Cherie of 97.7 FM and Gary With Da Tea from the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Rock the Runway let the runway meet the cause as funds were raised to help Catholic Charities continue to better the lives of battered women.
Produced by celebrity stylist J’Bolin, Rock the Runway featured fashion from nine local boutiques and designers, a trunk show and entertainment by R&B singer Keesha Harris- Pratt.
“Rock the Runway was explosive,” said Cooper. “The support that we received from everyone was overwhelming. We had the room set up for 500, but it was standing room only. It was a great turnout for a great cause. We will be making this an annual event.”
Divas4Charity was organized in April of this year after friend Tambra Cherie encouraged Cooper to host an event for a local non-profit.
In true diva status, Cooper contacted fashionestas from around the Metro Jackson community to donate clothes, shoes, and purses for a Diva Sale. Name brand fashion from Jimmie Choo, Juicy Couture, Steve Madden, to BCBG, Coach, and BeBe were donated and everything was sold for $25 or less.
The Diva Sale was not only a big success, but it also benefited children in need and Hope Haven, a Jackson based ministry that provides services to individuals with disabilities and their families.
Always looking for a way to lend a helping hand, Divas4Charity is now sponsoring a toy drive. Donations are being accepted at Keep Swinging Boxing & Fitness, Downtown Café, Sterling Photography and Forest Hill Place Leasing Office.
Darenique Henry contributed to this article.