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A runway success: Annual fashion show draws Stone Soup supporters

Diana Noel, 22, models clothes from the racks of Stone Soup Thrift Store at the Aug. 10 fundraiser at John P. Furber Farm in Cottage Grove. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 4
Vickie Snyder cuts loose on the runway during the Stone Soup Fashion Show. The Aug. 10 event at John P. Furber Farm in Cottage Grove raised funds for the thrift store in St. Paul Park. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 4
Lana Darst, 4, modeled fashions from Stone Soup Thrift Shop at an August 10 fundraiser at John P. Furber Farm in Cottage Grove. Also walking the runway were Lana's brother, Ian, 6 and their mother, Tara. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 4
Lydia Thomspon, 12, of Rochester walks the runway at the Stone Soup Fashion show at John P. Furber Farm in Cottage Grove. Thompson is the granddaughter of Vickie Snyder, board president of the nonprofit that runs the thrift store in St. Paul Park. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 4

The community turned out to help support Stone Soup Thrift Shop during its annual fashion show fundraiser at the John P. Furber Farm.

Volunteers modeled fashions that were drawn from the shop's inventory, including gowns, T-shirts and capri pants.

Vickie Snyder, executive director of the Basic Needs, Inc. nonprofit that runs Stone Soup, was among the models strutting on the runway at the Aug. 10 event. So was her granddaughter, Lydia Thomson, 12, who came from Rochester to participate in the show.

"We've had a better turnout than we thought we would," Snyder said.

The event raised $3,598.

The fashion show was emceed by St. Paul Park Mayor Sandi Dingle and Newport Mayor Dan Lund. Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey also attended.

Since it opened in 1997, Stone Soup has sold or given away tons of gently used furniture, clothing and household items to the homeless and financially distressed.

William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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