Runway for Rise event announced

Photo courtesy David Mitchell Team members Gretchen Grotz, Jennifer Mitchell, Lynne McCrudden and their mystery model planning their “frugal but fabulous” outfit for September’s Runway for Rise, A Fashion Gala.

By Dee McPeek | Rise Above Violence

Ladies, mark your planner, dig out those forgotten dressy outfits and make plans with your gal pals to attend the brand new Runway for Rise, A Fashion Gala on Sept. 30. 

This fundraiser for Rise Above Violence will be held at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts and promises to be the fall event not to miss. 

Teams are diligently assembling outfits made from required items of garage bags, duct tape, thrift store purchases and natural elements. They will model their “frugal but fabulous” creations down the runway, vying for your votes with your dollars for their creative efforts. 

Beginning Aug. 1, you can also vote online for your favorite team of imaginative friends. Just go to the events page at to see the teams and enter your votes. Votes are $1 each and the team raising the most for Rise will win the beautiful Pagosa Prada Award for 2023. 

While you’re voting, be sure to visit our online Runway Wine Pull. Wine can be purchased for $50 per ticket and your randomly assigned number could get you a lovely bottle of high-end wine. Sound fun? More details are available on the website. 

Tickets to attend this unique evening will go on sale Aug. 21. Reserved Runway seats are $75 and general admission is $50. Join us in supporting this organization that passionately makes a stand against domestic violence and sexual assault in Pagosa Springs. 

Contact Dee McPeek at (970) 317-3224 with questions.