Sisters on the Runway (SOTR), a “student-run organization committed to the prevention and awareness of domestic violence,” will hold its third annual fashion show Tuesday to raise money for local domestic violence shelters.
While Sisters on the Runway is national organization, the Penn State chapter has existed since 2014. The current president of the Penn State chapter is Layla Taremi, who grew up in Montclair, New Jersey with the overall creator of Sisters on the Runway, Liz Eddy.
Eddy was aware of the perils of domestic violence and wanted to change the alarming statistics associated with it. She created the organization in 2005, and since, multiple branches have opened on college campuses including UMass Amherst and The New School. In addition, SOTR pubic relations director Nicole Keller said that branches at Penn State Altoona and Behrend campuses are launching soon and a woman from Turkey has reached to start a branch overseas.
During the organizaiton’s fashion show, the group will stick to the same mission, while also celebrating survivors of domestic violence.
“We wanted to celebrate survivors and the fact that we can fix the problem of domestic violence,” Keller told The Underground. “We live in a college town where this and similar problems are extremely relevant, and we want to make a high level of attention to problems like this the norm.”
The show will feature opening acts including singer and songwriters such as Penn State W.O.R.D.S and Reve Dance Company, a variety of speakers, and the fashion show itself.
“Our goals for the show would be to support the women’s resource center and to really take advantage of the community we have to bring as much attention to domestic violence and related issues as possible,” Keller said.
The show will take place in the HUB-Robeson Alumni Hall Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $10 for students and $15 for adults.
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