Wednesday, August 19, 2015

5th Annual HALO-KC Youth Fashion Show Highlights!

The 2015 HALO-KC Youth Fashion Show - Be Younique, Be Youtiful, Be YOU! - has drawn to a close, and last week's Blog thanked all of the wonderful people that made it possible.

This week, we want to show you some of our favorite moments from Fashion Show week, and the culmination into this magical event. Scroll through to see youth empowerment in the making, plus a little sass and class!

 During Fashion Week, youth work hard on their looks for the Show!

IMG_6763 HALO youth learn to up-cycle existing clothing with gems and beads.

Spray paint and stencils make this T-shirt pop!

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Backstage getting ready for a Fashion Show debut!
 IMG_6878 Kristi Bucchieri and volunteers from Paul Mitchell the School help HALO youth get runway ready!

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Photostream KC provided a photo booth for youth and guests to have some fun in before and after the Show!

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Silent Auction items were all donated by local businesses for some Kansas City fun!

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HALO-KC Director Carly Manijak gets the Show started!

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Miss Missouri Teen USA, Christina Stratton, was the Runway Emcee!

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An excited (and nervous!) HALO youth starts the Show!

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Runway fun!

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The crowd is captivated!

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And goes wild!

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More great fashion!

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"Be Younique" is the motto for the HALO Fashion Show.

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 Supporting each other and taking in the applause!

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Strike a pose!

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Fierce fashion!

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 Holding back the giggles and having fun!

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An up-cycled "Be Younique" shirt and a winning smile!

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Local fashion designer and HALO volunteer Whitney Manney takes the stage to describe her experiences teaching HALO youth to design and sew clothing.

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Feeling confident and free.

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HALO youth Tia sings during intermission to a captivated audience.

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A standing ovation for Tia's amazing talent and courage!

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Hand-sewn lace and stenciling make this "Be Younique" shirt one of a kind.

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Tiny models make a big debut!

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Curtain call for all of the models, and that's a wrap!

To learn more about how you can help empower youth in the greatest need in Kansas City, go to and like us on Facebook for more fun pics and info!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

5th Annual HALO Youth Fashion Show - Thank YOU!

The 5th Annual HALO Youth Fashion Show (Be Younique, Be Youtiful, Be YOU!) went off without a hitch last week, and was a huge success for the HALO Learning Center - KC. Over 25 HALO youth were able to express their individuality and grow their confidence because of the support of HALO staff, volunteers, sponsors, donors, and friends. 

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HALO-KC wants to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to the wonderful volunteers who helped make this amazing show possible: 
Catherine Kelly
Whitney Manney
Kaity Woody
Lance Barker
Alyssa Steffes
Brooke Perry
Kayla Hicks
Paul Mitchell The School Overland Park Students
Rachel Mills
Grace Philipp
Elise Brummett
Scott Reynolds
Felipe Navarro
Alayna Howard
Chelsea Fernandez
Joyce Danner
Katie Donaldson
Bridgett Jones
Meredith Raymer
Annie Bolin
Chelsea Bennett
Sean Walsh
Amanda Owen
Anjana Paul
Kristi Bucchieri
Keirceten Nelson
Sydney Buford
Taylor Nelson
Anaiece Holt
Jennifer Pfiefer
Brandon Mason
DeDe Jones
And a very special thanks to Christina Stratton, Ms. Missouri Teen USA, for being our Runway Emcee for the evening and helping to inspire some creative outfit ideas with HALO youth in their outfit creation workshops!

HALO-KC would also like to show their immense appreciation for all our sponsors and silent auction donors from the night:
The Terrace on Grand
Bandwagon Merch
Clear 10 Vodka
Boulevard Beer
Red Bird Catering
Grandma’s Catering
Women’s Employment Network
Lamar Advertising
Scott Reynolds Photography
Photostream KC
Charlie Hustle
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Alamo Drafthouse
Little Freshie
Urban Table
Gram & Dunn
The Spa on Penn
Par Exsalonce
The Midland
KC Proud
Kansas City Zoo
Made in the Middle
Wild Wash Soap Co.
Easy, Tiger
Wood + Salt
Sandlot Goods
Xiphium Salon


Tune in next week for highlights and photos from the event - we can't WAIT for you to see the magical evening for yourselves. 
To learn more about HALO-KC and how YOU can get involved, go to or like us on Facebook at . 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Be YOUtiful, Be YOUnique, Be YOU!

It’s finally here! HALO-KC’s 5th Annual Fashion Show is happening tomorrow night, August 6th, and we could not be more excited!
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A shot from a previous Fashion Show!
HALO youth have been working very hard in the last few weeks to create unique and fun outfits to show off at the Fashion Show. This has been a unique opportunity for our youth in that they are able to learn much about personal style and inner beauty, as well as learning how to use fashion to express themselves. To get a feel for what we’re looking forward to, check out our highlights video from 2014!
Miss Missouri Teen Christina Stratton will be the event’s Runway MC, and she will introduce youth and their designs as they walk down the runway. Along with all this excitement, local Kansas City premiere items will be available for bidding in a silent auction.
Please join us at the Terrace on Grand tomorrow night, August 6th, in giving our youth a valuable boost in self-confidence as they express themselves in this creative way. This is an excellent opportunity to celebrate and support our youth, and tickets are still available for purchase at
For more information on how you can make the dream of a HALO youth come true, visit our website at or like us on Facebook!
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One of our youth showing off her unique look at a previous Fashion Show! Gorgeous!
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