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Show to benefit future educators

On Oct. 8, local educators will walk the runway in comical costumes during the second annual Faux Pas Plus Fashion Show and Dinner at Del’avant Event Center.

The event is organized by the Alpha Delta Kappa International Teacher Organization’s Beta Iota chapter, and all proceeds go to scholarships for aspiring educators.

 Last year, the fashion show raised enough for the organization to provide scholarships to three college students. 

The idea for the fashion show came from long-time local educator Kathy Hagler, who heard of another group hosting a similar fundraiser elsewhere. The fundraiser ultimately brought in plenty of applause and scholarship funds, when local teachers walked the runway in outfits like a “pot head,” featuring a potted plant, and a “chick magnet” covered in baby chickens. 

Scholarship Chairman Mary Ann Keck said that helping future educators is a cause worth being a little silly for.

“You don’t mind being silly and making a fool out of yourself when you know that you are raising money for kids and for school,” Keck said. “It makes it all worthwhile, and all of us have been there, done that and got the t-shirt — several of them really.”

This year, the show will feature several of last year’s crowd favorite runway performers, as well as several first-time participants, including Troup County School System Superintendent Brian Shumate.

“I like looking at the neat ideas people come up with,” Keck said. “I cannot wait to see what Carol Cain [will do]. … I always look forward to seeing how creative people are in their designs.”

Some of this year’s event sponsors are Dye’s Dust Control, Blackwell’s Inc, Adapt to Solve, Childress Dental Center, Capital Investment Services LLC and Tulla White Catering.

The Faux Pas Plus Fashion and Dinner will take place on Oct. 8 at Del’avant Event Center in downtown LaGrange. 

Tickets can be purchased for $20 per person, and corporate tables can be purchased for $500. Admission includes dinner. 

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will begin at 6 p.m.