Hockaday students prepare for the fashion show. Photography by JoJo Ma.

Students from The Hockaday School are organizing the fourth-annual Hockaday Charity Fashion Show to benefit the Genesis Women’s Shelter.

The fashion show started in 2019 and was held at Hockaday’s campus. Students helped raise more than $1,000 for the shelter, which is dedicated to supporting women who have experienced domestic violence.

The show was canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic, and last year, it was held virtually.

This year, about 90 students from the lower-, middle- and upper-school levels at Hockaday and St. Mark’s School of Texas will be modeling clothes from the shelter’s Benefit Thrift Store. It accepts donations of men’s, women’s and children’s clothes as well as home furniture and décor.

The event is scheduled for March 27 at the Statler Hotel. Tickets are available for $25 here.

Avani Haden, one of the Hockaday juniors organizing the event, says they hope to raise $20,000 for the Genesis Women’s Shelter this year. Though the goal is higher, the audience and venue are larger.

“I feel like the fashion show is a really great way to empower young girls especially because when they model and you make them feel good about themselves, it not only empowers them but it also empowers other people in the audience to reach out and start helping the women, especially the ones in need,” Haden says.

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