by Britt Chester

AIDS Care Service (ACS), a Winston-Salem organization started in 1994 with the broad yet distinct mission to help those suffering from AIDS in multiple capacities, took over the atrium of the Wake Forest Biotech Place to host the sixth edition of the annual Red Ribbon Runway fashion show.

ACS drew from the area’s plethora of designers and local celebrities to come up with a fashion concept using only three white T-shirts provided by Hanesbrands, the main sponsor for the event. (six years in a row) Designers were given just less than one month from the time they picked up their T-shirts to design, sew and finalize their entries for the competition held last Saturday. The designers were DeeDee Haberle, Cindy Wright, Madelyn Greco, Keith Kerney, Jon Michael Hartwig, Misty Lockhart, Leigh Palacios, Sherri Kang, Charles Edward White, Mallory Wentzell, Mary Lea Williams and Kim Davidson.

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The designers raised nearly $1,600 for ACS. Greco raised the most money in her personal fundraiser and was gifted half of her donations.

With the help of designers raising funds, ACS was able to raise more than $6,000 through ticket sales, merchandise and silent auction.

“Red Ribbon Runway has never been a major money maker,” said Jesse Duncan, executive director for the organization. “It’s an awareness event. It’s brings so many new people into the light of what people living with HIV are going through. We look at it much more of a ‘friendraiser’ much more than a fundraiser.”

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