OGDEN — A Thursday fashion show at Weber State University may be fun for those in attendance, but the event also will serve those in need.

The 11:30 a.m. event will be held on the main floor of the WSU Union Building and will be hosted by the new Miss Weber County, Alexis Larsen.

The 19-year-old South Ogden resident will hold “Warm Up to Foster Care” as a way to benefit Utah’s foster care program, which is her platform in the Miss America Scholarship program.

The free fashion show will feature WSU top athletes and students in the professional sales department.

“We believe this will draw a big crowd,” Larsen said. “I am trying to get the community as aware as I can of their needs. I am trying to get whatever I can to try to take care of them,” she said of children in Utah’s foster care program.

“Her expectations in the year ahead are to generate sponsors within the community to help make a difference in the foster care program, which will have a strong impact on the lives of foster children,” said a press release from the Miss Weber County organization. “Alexis has a special love for foster children and has had some humbling experiences that she will cherish forever.”

Larsen said when youth enter the foster care program they have nothing.

“There are just so many kids coming in and out of foster care,” she said. “When they come into the Christmas Box, they want them to feel like this is their home and that their parents are taking care of them. I know this touches so many people's hearts and so many people are willing to donate.”

She said a number of businesses have donated winter items for the youth in foster care as well as clothing for the fashion show.

Those businesses include The Buckle, Smith & Edwards, Men’s Warehouse, Just Girl Stuff, ADS Motor Sports and Minky Couture. 

Larsen also is collecting new winter apparel and monetary donations that will benefit the foster care program.

“The clothes need to be newer,” Larsen said. “They don't have to be brand new.”

Those interested in donating may bring donations to the fashion show or contact Miss Weber County at mwcpageant@gmail.com.

Larsen also has placed donation boxes throughout the area where winter clothes also may be deposited for foster care children.

They are at Getaway Today, the Eccles Community Art Center, Men’s Warehouse and in various spots around the WSU campus, including in the professional sales building.

Larsen said those boxes will be moved around in the community. Those wishing to make donations after this week may email Larsen at the above address for a current list of the box locations.

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