Turn Your Glad Bags To Glad Rags And Get Ready To Party - 12th Annual Salvation Army Garbage Bag Gala To Feature Local Celeb Models

Oct 21, 2013, 10:24 ET from Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division

CARNEGIE, Pa., Oct. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It's not every day that you see a pedigreed pup share the runway with local celebrities clad in haute couture fashions created from garbage bags.  Join Pittsburgh's classiest guys and girls for this season's trashiest event, "The 12th Annual Garbage Bag Gala." This most stylish crowd will be decked out in their dumpster duds to raise valuable dollars for homeless moms, dads and kids living in The Salvation Army's East Liberty Family Caring Center. These generous partygoers are creating fashions from garbage bags, taking the money they would normally spend on an outfit and donating it to benefit these deserving homeless families. 

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Garbage Bag Gala is sponsored by Peoples Natural Gas, UnitedHealthcare, Giant Eagle GetGo, The Fountainhead Foundation, Cynthia and Murry Gerber and is in partnership with the Fairmont Pittsburgh and WHIRL Magazine. Slated for Friday, November 1st  at the Pittsburgh Fairmont, this year's event will again feature the Garbage Bag Gala Fashion Show, featuring  Pittsburgh celebrity models including: Flick and Kelly, STAR 100.7 FM; Jack and Christine Tumpson, WHIRL Magazine; Joy and Dwayne Woodruff; Edie, the Fairmont Canine Ambassador with Matthew Sterne, handler and General Manager; and many more.  Participating cutting edge boutiques businesses include: SoME, Larrimor's, Chemistry, Lana Neumeyer, Studio Raw, Ambiance, Tapestry and Tassels, True Runner, Claws and Paws, Pavement, Philip Pelusi and Luxe Home and Design. Handling the 2013 master of ceremonies duties is WXPI TV Channel 11's Katherine Amenta. The Honorable Judge Kim Berkeley Clark serves as the event's Honorary Chairperson.

Revelers will be treated to a vast array of hors d'oeuvres and delectable desserts, courtesy of the Pittsburgh Fairmont. An exciting collection of items is also available for raffle, including: unique sports paraphernalia, cultural outings, gourmet cooking items; fabulous jewelry and fashions; and not-to-be-missed specialty items and excursions to be unveiled at the event.  Exciting prizes can be won in the unique "Waste Basket Winners."

"The Salvation Army Family Caring Center serves a vital role in our community. Homeless families receive not only basic needs in times of crisis, but they receive the tools and enrichment to empower them to move forward with independence in their lives," said Michele Bender, Garbage Bag Gala's Chair. "Funds raised by the Garbage Bag Gala ensure that the FCC can continue to provide these important services to men, women and children in Western Pennsylvania."

For reservations, log on to www.garbagebaggala.org or facebook.com/garbagebaggala.  You can also follow us on Twitter at @garbagebaggala. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door for $75 Complimentary valet parking is provided.  For other event information, contact GBG Chair, Michele Bender at mbbender@gmail.com.

"Last year's event raised nearly $40,000," said Major Asenath Clarke, The Salvation Army's Family Caring Administrator. Clarke continued, "The funds raised from Garbage Bag Gala go a long way to support our families. We are deeply grateful to these dedicated committee members for their support."

The Salvation Army's 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division serves thousands of needy families through a wide variety of diverse support programs. The East Liberty Family Caring Center is unique to Western Pennsylvania because it houses moms, dads and children. Both a church and a social service organization, The Salvation Army began in London, England in 1865. Today, it provides critical services in 126 countries worldwide.  To learn more about The Salvation Army in Western Pennsylvania, log onto www.salvationarmy-wpa.org. The Salvation Army … Doing the most good . . . for the most people . . . in the most need.


SOURCE Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division