BROOKINGS – Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity’s Second Annual Nail the Runway fundraiser was March 23 at the Wilbert Square Event Center. The event featured 21 original designs, raised more than $20,000, and had more than 200 people in attendance, said Jana Krogmann, director of affiliate operations for Habitat.
“It was a success. People loved it; they can’t wait ‘til next year,” she said, adding the design element for next year is “keys.”
“It is always fun to bring people who love Habitat together. I spent my evening watching the guests. I saw smiles and laughs. It was a great night,” said Dan McColley, executive director and chief mission officer of the local Habitat.
Pictured are some of the contestants.
“Flora,” an elegant gray and white top and skirt combo, won the Most Wearable award. It was modeled by Angie Thompson and designed by Carol Doolittle. The outfit was made of 80% construction materials, including fiberglass window screen, house wrap, and shower liner and nails. It was described as “Delicate house wrap flowers with nail centers adorn a fiberglass screen skirt, and a sparkly spiked headpiece.”
“Dr. Dan Duct Tape” was a colorful entry with neon pink, black and gray duct tape arranged in squares on the blazer and stripes down the pants. It was modeled by Jacob Kappenman and designed by the Habitat Foundation Crew. The outfit was made of 90% construction materials, including duct tape, screws and nails. It was described as “Dr. Dan is a fashion icon in this durable, colorful, wipe-and-wear suit appropriate for any office.”
“Phoenix” made quite an impression with dramatic styling and well-placed color. It was modeled by Kathy Sebert-Bortnem and designed by Carol Doolittle. The outfit was made of 90% construction materials, including landscape fabric, zip ties, duct tape, nails, vent screen and electrical wire. It was described as “Inspired by a triumphant bird rising from the ashes; this piece features beaded nail fringe on the wings and tail, a cape of landscape fabric and t-shirt strips, a painter’s coverall, a wired duct tape collar, a gilded neckpiece, and a cable crown.”
In addition to “Flora,” other winners were:
Best Use of Design Element: “Michael Jackson’s Fantalaxy” designed by Susanne Bielfeldt and Barbara Ann Hawley.
Most Innovative Use of Construction Materials: “Industrial Garden” designed by Ashley Ivica.
People’s Choice and Best of Show awards: “Outer Space Dragonfly” designed by Susanne Bielfeldt and Barbara Ann Hawley.