Local men walk the runway for charity

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Several men in the community walked the runway on Sunday to support a charitable cause. 

People had a chance to bid on dinner dates with some of the models at the “Men of Roanoke Fashion Show and Dinner Auction.” 

“I knew that was going to happen, but I didn’t know what it was going to be like, but it was a lot of fun,” said Sam Waller, one of the models. “It was really light-hearted.”

Waller owns a local window washing business, Glass Monkey Window Cleaning, and was one of the men being bid on at the event. The models included familiar faces in the community, such as local business owners, artists and politicians.

“It was just a very diverse group of people and people that you wouldn’t normally see in the same spot,” said Lora Trout of Promote Commotion.

Trout teamed up with Fashionista Roanoke to organize the event. Proceeds benefit The AWARE Foundation, which helps in searches for missing people and educates the public to keep others from going missing.

“It’s good to know that there’s someone locally here that cares enough to really go out and really help find missing people,” said Garland Gravely, president and co-founder of Fashionista Roanoke. 

Proceeds will help in a variety of ways, including printing flyers about missing people and funding travel throughout Virginia for volunteers, according to Kenny Jarels, president and founder of The AWARE Foundation. 

“Events like this brings awareness to what we’re about and what we’re doing in trying to help families bring some closure,” Jarels said. 

“It’s tragic when you lose somebody, and anything that gives somebody hope to find their loved ones, I think that’s something worth supporting,” Waller said. 

About 25 to 30 models participated in the event, Trout said. 

Event organizers plan to host a similar fashion show again in the spring, Gravely said. Models for that event will include both men and women, he added. 

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