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Fifth Annual Garbage Bag Gala Turns Trash Into Fashion

Recycled Materials Show Benefits Homeless Men, Women and Children

Grams_social_feature_3St. Louis, Mo. – Reclaim, Recover, Rejoice is a testament to The Salvation Army’s belief in second chances, and a life of purpose in positive change. That second chance is the focus of the 5th Annual Garbage Bag Gala on Saturday, July 16. Organized by Echelon, the young professionals of The Salvation Army, the runway event will showcase clothing from 18 St. Louis-area designers using recycled materials, trash, duct tape and used denim to dress their models.

The Garbage Bag Gala will take place on the showroom floor of Mercedes-Benz of St. Louis, located at 1048 Hampton Avenue. The event seeks to raise environmental awareness and call attention to the plight of homeless men, women and children in the bi-state region. Tickets are $30 per person, or $50 per couple, and doors open at 7:30 pm. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets include appetizers, drinks and complimentary valet.

In addition to previewing some of the newest St. Louis fashion designers, sound by 18AC, drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served before and after the runway show.

The emcee of this year’s gala is Julie Tristan from Billy and Julie in the Morning on 103.3 KLOU.

Celebrity judges include: 
· Debra Bass – Fashion Editor, St. Louis Post Dispatch
· Cillah Hall, – Founder and Publisher, Gazelle
· Megan Banks, S.M. Wilson & Company (Sponsor Judge)
· Gretchen Gannon – Co-Founder of BoutiqueNav
· Ann-Marie Brown – Co-Founder of BoutiqueNav

The top three winning designers, as chosen by the judges will receive cash prizes; $500 for the top winner, $250 for the second, and a gift card for the third place winner.

S.M. Wilson & Company is the title sponsor.

Mobilizing the next generation for The Salvation Army by providing opportunities for young adults to engage with the organization, Echelon hosts Garbage Bag Gala to benefit the greater mission of The Salvation Army every year. All proceeds will support Salvation Army programs providing assistance to homeless individuals, including hot meals, shelter, spiritual comfort and emergency aid.

Tickets and additional information are available at www.stlsalvationarmy.org/garbagebaggala

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.
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