Showing “True Colors” to Empower Youth

Posted by on May 14, 2015

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Nicole Rasmussen walking the runway at the True Colors Fashion Show

As a member of the Elk River community and community manager for Minnesota School of Business-Elk River, I am proud of all of the amazing organizations and businesses that work together to improve the lives of those that live, work, and go to school here. It is with great pride that I serve as a board member and active representative of several local organizations that give back to the community.

Recently I had an opportunity to participate in the annual True Colors Fashion Show, hosted by Sherburne County Area United Way’s (SCAUW) Women’s Leadership Council (WLC). This is the fourth time I’ve had the honor of modeling in this event which benefits the iEmpower Youth Program.

SCAUW, an organization that has been serving the community since 1969, discovered an importance in the local area to inspire and empower young leaders. iEmpower was created in 2010 to address this need. The program focuses specifically on communication, leadership, self-confidence, and self-reliance skills and is offered in the Elk River, Big Lake, and Princeton school districts for students in grades K-12.

Each year, SCAUW holds this event in an effort to raise funds to support the program. The event not only offers a fashion show, but also a dinner, dessert auction, and prize drawing. According to Joy Nadeau, SCAUW’s Executive Director and member of the WLC, “The True Colors Fashion Show creates synergy among the community, linking individual talents together to form a high energy, fun evening that benefits the youth in our community. Every year we have returning talent and new talent in models from the business community who are a delight in showing us their true colors.”

This year’s event was quite successful, raising a total of $7,945 which will benefit next year’s program, explained Nadeau. She continues on to say, “The WLC of SCAUW does a fabulous job in putting together this event year after year!”

To learn more about SCAUW and its events and programs, click here.


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