Macy’s fashion show to benefit youth program

FLINT TWP. — An opportunity to see new spring collections from top designers is coming at a fashion show fundraiser at Macy’s department store, Genesee Valley Center mall, 4 p.m. Sunday April 19.

Organized by the Rollic Group of Flint, the Spring Preview Event is to raise funds for the PAL/ Boys And Girls Club youth programs of Haskell Youth Center.

Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased at Macy’s Executive Office on the second floor.

The event will feature live performances by a renowned artist/music group in the Flint area, according to a press release.

Hors d’oeuvres provided by a local restaurant will be served during a networking Social Hour at 4 p.m. on the second level of the store. The runway fashion show begins at 5 p.m. and will feature a first look at the spring collection of brands such as Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, and Calvin Klein.

It will be followed by a Special Attendee Private Shopping Event and Friends and Family discount.

Macy’s also will provide a platform for local fashion designers to present their spring collection during the Spring Preview Event, according to the press release:

“We are incredibly endowed with a passion to become involved in the grassroots and social development of Flint and the surrounding areas, though our sector is fashion and retail oriented, our interest is creating an environment where Macy’s shoppers and Flint residents know that Macy’s is part of the engine that will drive Flint back to its enriched history and tradition,” said Teresa Wright, vice president of store management.

“We have a lot in store and this is the start.”

Macy’s store management team and models from the show were scheduled to tour the Haskell Youth Center on March 23 to see the amenities offered by the PAL/Boys and Girls Club youth.

Haskell Center had been boarded up and vacant for two years when it was offered to PAL organizers as a facility to hold summer and after school youth activities. Help from volunteers and businesses helped get the building up and running in a short amount of time. Since then, partnerships with community organizations has helped to keep the doors open. PAL is currently in its sixth year of programming.

The mission of the Flint Police Activities League (PAL) is to promote good citizenship in youth by cultivating and improving moral and civic standards in youth so as to foster greater positive communication between the police and the community and to create an interest among community citizens and businesses in their responsibilities to youth, according to its web site at

For more information about the benefit fashion show, call 810-333-7463.

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