A new Charleston nonprofit that serves single mothers is holding its first fundraiser, a fashion show called “More Than a Label.”
MAIA Moms, founded by local single mothers, helps struggling women finish school, receive job training and take other steps toward independence. The group’s fashion show fundraiser will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Sanctuary Hall in Mount Pleasant. Tickets are $35 each or $60 per couple.
The goal is to raise $25,000 while demonstrating how to dress fashionably on a budget. Clothing worn on the runway will be sold in a silent auction.
“More Than a Label” will feature stylist Ayoka Lucas, founder of Charleston Fashion Week, and students from the Art Institute, Millie Lewis Modeling and the Charleston County School of the Arts. The event’s name is aimed at showing that single moms are more than the labels attached to them.
Since its inception, MAIA Moms has received inquiries from single mothers around the country and beyond.
“Most of them want exactly what we offer: a second chance,” said Executive Director Allison Herrin, who was a single mother of three herself until she remarried recently. “They are not looking for handouts. They are looking for the support we offer while they work hard to create a better situation for their families.”
MAIA Moms also is pursuing grants and corporate and private sponsors, Herrin said. Next up: an event for the guys, Monster Mobile Gaming Theatre.
The group’s long-term goals are to raise enough money to help single mothers through rental subsidies and to create Maia’s Place, a transitional home for single moms and their children.
Go to www.maiamoms.org/events for information about the fundraiser or to buy tickets.
Reach Jennifer Berry Hawes at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 937-5563.