VCFS Queen’s still accepting nominations for a local charity to support

The Vogue Charity Fashion Show at Queen’s University (VCFS) is seeking applications from local charities to become the beneficiary of its work this year. Open until Friday, May 21, 2021 at 4 p.m, the application consists of five simple questions about the charity being nominated, and is available on the VCFS website.

Completed applications should be sent to [email protected]

Vogue Charity Fashion Show, the largest student-run club at Queen’s, has held an event annually in Kingston for the last 23 years. With a cast of almost 200 students showcasing their leadership skills and creativity, the show prides itself on being socially responsible and giving back to the community through philanthropy.

A photo from the 2020 VCFS event, illustrating the “convergence” theme.

“I believe local charities should apply because, not only can VCFS provide much-needed funds to continue charity operations, [it can] also spread awareness about the cause to the Kingston area,” said Michelle Blaho-Melo, Head of the Modelling Portfolio for Vogue Charity Fashion Show.

VCFS organizes fundraising and volunteering activities to raise money for the chosen charity throughout the year, with the fashion show being the main fundraising event.

“This year, the charity heads, Ashton Yau and Nadia McGowan, will be reading through each and every application in an effort to select the charity that VCFS will be supporting,” Blaho-Melo added. “If you are passionate about a cause, I highly encourage you to apply.”

VCFS has donated over $600,000 exclusively to Kingston-based charities since 1997. Although virtual for the first time, the Queen’s VCFS raised $22,000 to launch and promote Almost Home’s YGK Thrift in 2020.

The 2020 theme for the fashion show was “Convergence,” with a focus on deep reflection through collective interactions and a universal craving for human connection.

VCFS explains the theme on its website: “There come times when we are thrust into periods of deep reflection. Reflection on our world, our lives, and our inner selves. What gives us direction in our lives? How can we make an impact on the world around us? The answers to these questions are fundamentally shaped by the connections we make with others, from those we consider lifelong family to those we share but a brief moment with.”

A new theme has yet to be chosen for 2021.

2019 saw the most profitable VCFS event, with an $85,400 donation to Kingston Sexual Assault Centre. Other past charities include Kingston Youth Diversion, Community Living Kingston, Happy Soul Project, and Home Base Housing.

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