Biz Kid of the Month: Kristin Cash
Kristin held a fashion show that raised more than $1,300 for the Just Be Aware foundation, helping young people learn how cancer can affect their lives.
How did you get the idea to do a fashion show?
I was a senior and wanted to do something related to fashion. I had the opportunity to do get independent study credits so I decided to do a fashion show and wanted the money to go toward something important.
What was involved?
First I made the garments–17 of them, dresses, pants, shorts, tops, everything. I got a great venue donated–a huge photography studio. A friend did the music and helped me with a logo. The local tux shop donated the men’s clothing. There was someone to do photography and video. There were 20 models, who were all my friends. There were three different “sets,” and in between sets an a capella group sang. It took five months to put it all together.
Sounds like you got a lot of stuff donated.
It was challenging for me because I’m a little more quiet and you have to go out and ask people for things. My mom helped, and so did a counselor at school who had some connections. People are really willing to help if you have a good cause.
You chose an interesting fundraiser–a fashion show. Why?
I wanted it to be a big, fun experience. I love fashion, but most school fashion shows, most of the clothing is just donated from stores. This was with custom fashion, in a big warehouse with lights and music. There were 200 people. And we raised a lot of money for the foundation. It was so much fun. We even did an anniversary thing this year.
What are you doing now?
I’m in college, studying fashion, of course. This year, I applied to the Fashion Institute of Technology and I think the experience doing the fundraiser really helped.
What’s your best piece of advice for a young person who wants to hold a fundraiser?
If you really love something, go out and do it and find a way to help other people with it. Fashion is a big part of my life, so I found a way to do something with it on my own. Go for it!