Ready for takeoff: 28 local models strut their stuff at Sherburne County Area United Way fund raiser

Twenty-eight models gathered an “entourage” to cheer them on as they strutted their stuff down a runway for an April 1 fashion show.

Sherburne County Area United Way hosted the event called “Show Your Colors Hollywood Style: a red carpet event!” consisting of local business people as amateur models.

Each model brought his or her own personality to the show, making for great entertainment.  Judges had to decide which model’s entourage created the most “ruckus.”

Kyle Hemmerich of the Anoka County Sheriff’s Department won that honor.

Celebrity guest models ... Madonna, Elton John, and Cher posing with Alyssa Akre.

Colleen Kruse of 107.1 Talk Radio shared her talent as the emcee for the group of 250 people, and Jeremy Koeln shared his skills as the DJ and got the crowd moving along with the models.

The event included three mystery guests (Cher, Madonna, and Elton John) who drove from Milwaukee to make an appearance. A live auction brought in sponsorships that are making it possible to implement youth programming this summer.

All proceeds of this fund raiser (about $7,200 before expenses) go towards programming that instills self-reliant skills in youth.  A K–four program called “Sherburne Explorers” is being facilitated by The Friends of the Refuge at the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge.

The youth participating in this program are being invited from the Belle Haven Town Homes that offer supportive family housing.

A second program for middle-school-age people will be held in Zimmerman and in Elk River in June and July respectively.  This program is in partnership with Elk River Community Education, and special experiences of the week will include connecting with horses at Hillside Hope Through Hooves, making food kits for others at CAER, a self-defense class through the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Department, personal safety awareness by Rivers of Hope, and much more.

A girls’ group is also being formed in partnership with Rivers of Hope and Girl Scouts MN/WISC River Valley to empower girls and build self-reliant skills.


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