Get ready: in just a few short weeks, Washington, DC, will host the 7th annual Fashion for Paws (F4P) Spring Runway Show. In the seven years since it began, the show has raised over $2.2 million for the Washington Humane Society (WHS) while simultaneously helping draw the public’s attention.
The fashion show is unique in many ways, but let’s start with the models. In order to participate in the runway show, models must raise at least $5,000 in support of WHS. Once they have the green light, they are dressed by Tysons Galleria while their pet companions get all kinds of doggie boutique and couture love from Wagtime.
Models and pups walk the catwalk together, and at the end of the night, F4P honors the “Model Wasingtonian of the Year,” which is given to the top fundraiser. Second and third place winners are also recognized, and all those who raise $10,000 or more are included in F4P’s “Runway Show Super Model Calendar.”
The event is a high-class yet relatively affordable fashion outing, with VIP table tickets ranging from $3,000-$6,000. Very Special (VVIP) tables are also available at $10,000 and placed next to the runway. Individual seats are also available for $150-$250 each.
The F4P Spring Runways Show is the core event that helps the organization raise money for WHS, but since 2009 the nonprofit has also hosted year-round initiatives and events that ensure that money is constantly being raised for their cause.
The runway show is designed by Syzygy Events International and boasts associations with notable names like Val Kilmer, Marie Osmond, Dana Perino, Fred Davis, and Lawrence Zarian. Over 1,700 tickets are sold each year. This year, the organization aims to raise $750,000 from the runway show, an amount that is nearly 50% complete.