Strutting down the runway to raise lung cancer awareness

bchurch@newsobserver.com June 13, 2012 

  • White Out Lung Cancer Where: Murphey School Auditorium, 224 Polk St,. Raleigh When: 6:30 p.m. Friday Cost: $15, available at the door or www.whiteoutlungcancer-es2.eventbrite.com Parking: Free after 5 p.m. in the lot next to the theater.

A downtown runway will be a vision in white Friday night as aspiring young designers and local boutiques display their designs in the first White Out Lung Cancer fashion show.

Combining her love for design and her determination to help put a stop to lung cancer, Jordan Jaked, 22, a recent Meredith College graduate, created the idea for the show this year after losing her mother, Pam, to the disease in 2011.

“My mom loved fashion, too, so I thought of the show as a way to honor her,” Jaked said.

White Out Lung Cancer supports the North Carolina Lung Cancer Partnership, and all funds raised will go toward research, awareness and advocacy, said Heather Hooper, director of operations at the Partnership. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance online or at the door.

The evening will begin with a wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres followed by a silent auction. When the runway lights up, models will reveal the work of 10 young designers from Meredith and N.C. State, as well as the latest styles from several local boutiques.

Here’s the catch: Designers must use white, clear, silver and pearl materials to emulate the nationally recognized ribbon colors for lung cancer.

“You see a whole lot of pink out there, but not much white,” said Hooper. “This is a really creative way to increase awareness.”

Claire Powers, 21, a rising senior at Meredith, is co-chair of the show and will have four of her designs displayed on the runway. Powers decided to get involved with the cause after her close friend lost her father to lung cancer.

“It’s important to me to show my support and help raise awareness to the public in the best way that I know how, and that’s through designing clothing,” Powers said.

For Jaked, who will attend the University of Georgia in the fall for a master’s in theater design, the show has become a family affair. Her three sisters are helping her organize the show in celebration of their mother’s life. Even Jaked’s father is involved as the technical director for the show.

White Out Lung Cancer will take place at Murphey School Auditorium. Jaked hopes to sell 100 tickets by show time.

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