RMU students “Do Something Big” for non-profit


Sarah Johnson, Contributor

The “Do Something ‘Big’ Fashion Show” was held on April 17 in the Sewall Center International Suite at 7:30 p.m.

Leah Fleischel, Aaron Greenwalt, Tiffany Keffalas, Amanda Killian and Kayla Henry were given the task of creating an event to raise money for a non‐profit organization. The models of the fashion show ranged from young to teen aged.

All of the clothing that was shown was from sponsors such as GAP and The Children’s Place from The Mall at Robinson. Other clothing exhibited was from Posh Monkey, Broke Little Rich Girl, and Lex and Lynne from the Pittsburgh Area. There were approximately 22 raffle sponsors for the events also.

“We ended up deciding that a fashion show would be great because Carlow University also does a fashion show with Big Brothers Big Sisters. So we kind of mimicked that idea and created our own, “ said Keffalas.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Pittsburgh Area has been around for more than 100 years and is the nation’s largest donor and volunteer-supported mentoring network. Kids between the age of 6‐18 can be matched with an adult mentor to develop positive relationships and have a direct effect on the lives of young people.

“Aaron (Greenwalt) came up with Big Brothers Big Sisters because he had some connections with them. And then we kind of did our research about Big Brothers Big Sisters and the fact that they are helping the younger kids that maybe wouldn’t have that education and that opportunity to have a good role model,” said Keffalas.

Keffalas’s friend and also Miss Butler County for 2015, Lyric Beth Ackelson was willing to emcee for the entire event. Ackelson was very familiar with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization from previous college experience and was happy to help with this event.

“Tiffany and I have been friends since high school so when she asked me, it was just an honor because this isn’t my territory, it is Butler County, so to step out and reach the community outside of where I’m local so that was cool,” said Ackelson.

Overall, Leffalas thought the event ran smoothly and had a great turnout. The seniors raised a total of $1,016.25 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Pittsburgh Area. One hundred percent of the money raised was donated to the non-profit.