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Runway fashion show to benefit Hillman House

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Photo courtesy Denver RAW Paonia High School alumnae Chelsy Reed, left, and Taylor Polson model Reed's original designs at the Sept. 22 RAW runway show at Denver City Hall. Reed and several of her friends will present the Runway Benefit for Hillman House

Fashion and art will be the highlight of the Nov. 5 Gallery and Runway Benefit for the Hillman House.

The event is the idea of Chelsy Reed. Reed graduated from PHS in 2013 and is now a senior studying math education at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Rather than take a job, she created Chelsy Lorin Clothing, a start-up clothing design company specializing in custom and one-of-a-kind fashions. Reed designs and makes the clothing and in her spare time creates Halloween costumes.

"A little cash never hurts when you're in college," she said.

Reed, the daughter of Bobby and Lori Reed, started sewing in second grade. Her three older sisters all learned to sew from grandmother, Norma Thomas, and aunt, Cristen Chermak, and all participated in 4-H. Reed wanted to do what her big sisters were doing, and by high school was making award-winning clothing, including homecoming and prom dresses for herself and her friends. Her senior year she made a prom dress entirely out of duct tape.

Reed custom designs her clothing to make each person feel comfortable and confident. Last year Reed joined RAW Artists (www.rawartists.org), an international, independent arts organization supporting artists that are within the first 10 years of their careers. Her designs were featured in the RAW VERVE show held Sept. 22 at Denver City Hall.

The idea for the Hillman fundraiser grew out of RAW shows, which combine art, fashion and music, said Reed.

"I'm so excited about this event," said Reed. Many of her models for the Denver show -- friends and classmates from the North Fork area -- will model her fall clothing line at the fundraiser, and musician friends from the Greeley area will provide music. The show will include an auction of photography, painting, woodworking and more by local artists.

All of the works, including her clothing, are for sale. Net profits from ticket sales, along with 60 percent of the proceeds from all sales will go to the family of Mike and Kris Hillman of Hotchkiss. Mike Hillman, who was seriously injured in a fall in May and will need special care for the foreseeable future, is scheduled to come home from Craig Hospital on Nov. 3. The family is moving into the Hillman House, a custom-built home built with donations from community members and businesses and volunteers.

"Being able to give back is really exciting," said Reed. Coming from such a close community, she said she's not surprised that everyone has pulled together to build the Hillman family a home. The money raised, said Reed, "will be an awesome welcome home gift to give to them."

The show will be held at the Hotchkiss headquarters for ShadeScapes USA, 122 E. Bridge Street. Owner Jo Edmondson has generously donated the showroom space for the evening and is helping to organize the show while Reed attends classes.

The event will feature two runway programs and cocktail attire is recommended. The early show is for all ages and runs from 5-7 p.m. The evening show for ages 16 and older runs from 8-10 p.m. General admission and reserved seating tickets are $15 and $20 for either show, and children under the age of 8 are admitted to the early show for free.

Tickets are available online at https://squareup.com/store/hillman-house.

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