On Friday March 22, the Business Law Society (BLS) teamed up with the Sports and Entertainment Law Association (SELA) for the third annual Catwalk for the Cause Charity Fashion Show at the Valparaiso University Harre Union. This year BLS and SELA raised money and awareness for a local animal rescue organization, Lakeshore PAWS.
BLS promotes professionalism among local business owners and the Valparaiso Law School through events, programs, and guest speakers. Through interactions with local business people, law students have the opportunity to create relationships with business owners while earning their J.D. SELA allows law students to immerse themselves in a world of sports and entertainment law. By programs and student organized events, SELA offers members a chance to create professional connections and start their career in the sports and entertainment industry.
The charity, Lakeshore PAWS, is located in Valparaiso and is dedicated to finding loving homes for abandoned and unwanted pets in Northwest Indiana. By choosing a local charity, it was a great way for the law school to give back to the Valparaiso community in which we all live and work. Lakeshore PAWS is a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization in Porter County, Indiana. The effort was established by two business women and animal lovers who simply could not ignore the growing number of animals without homes.
The show featured designer lines by BCBG MAX AZRIA, Brooks Brothers, and Buckle to raise money for Lakeshore PAWS. The hairstyles were done by Arden Salon and makeup by Mary Kay. Valparaiso Law students participated in every aspect of this event from planning, modeling, emceeing the event, behind the scenes work, and logistics. It was an opportunity for the students to learn skills that are not necessarily taught in the classroom or courtroom.
There was also a silent auction which had a variety of prizes from shirts signed by Project Runway designer, Peach Carr to a basketball signed by Bryce and Homer Drew. The auction items also came from many local retailers, which was another way Valparaiso Law could support the community.
This event raised roughly $1,500 for Lakeshore PAWS and some of the students offered to volunteer their time at Lakeshore PAWS. We would like to thank all of those who volunteered or attended Catwalk for the PAWS to make the event such a success.
We look forward to seeing all of you at Catwalk for the Cause 2014.
For more information on the charity, you can go to www.lakeshorepaws.org
To read more about the event: NWI Times Article