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Watch some 'model citizens' take to the fashion runway for good cause


Last updated 2/17/2022 at 1:48pm | View PDF

Join Fountain Valley Scholars (FVS) for an afternoon of fun to watch local community members and leaders take the stage to raise money for college scholarships.

The "Thrill of Thrift" fashion show will be Saturday, Feb. 26, at 3 p.m. at the Fountain Valley YMCA, 326 W. Alabama Ave., Fountain.

Students from area high schools will dress up the runway models, including principals, fire officials and other recognizable faces, using thrift store apparel.

Officials participating as models include:

WSD3 Superintendent Kevin Duren

FFC8 Assistant Superintendent Dr. Lori Cooper

Security Library Director Susan Garrett

Pikes Peak Public Library Jake Rundle

Widefield High School Principal Jessica Bitting

Mesa Ridge High School Principal Levka Craft

Discovery High School Principal Shane Skalla

Fountain-Fort Carson High School Principal Patrick Krumholz

Pikes Peak YMCA CEO Boyd Williams

Widefield Parks and Rec Director Eric Hulen

Security Fire Battalion Chief Derek Chambers

Fort Carson Garrison Commander Col. Nate Springer

Fountain Police Chief Chris Heberer

Fountain City Council Member Detra Duncan

There will be music courtesy of DJ Shield, entertainment, and a silent auction. Package items to bid on include photography, yoga, personal training and DJ services.

Entry is free, but a $5 donation is requested. Funds raised at the event will benefit students from local high schools.

For nearly 30 years, FVS has awarded students in Widefield School District 3 and Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 with college scholarships.

FVS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing scholarships for high-achieving and eligible seniors from D3 and D8 high schools to help them attend the college or university of their choice. Scholarships are awarded to recipients each May.

"This is not possible without community support," organizer Sam Briggs said. "Thankfully, we live in a community that is not only kind and generous, but strives to see our youth excel in education."

FVS's biggest fundraiser is the annual FVS Golf Tournament held at the Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club on Fort Carson. This year's tournament is scheduled for Monday, July 18, 2022. FVS is currently seeking sponsors and teams for the tournament. Details on sponsorship packages and the event can be found at

There are many ways to get involved with Fountain Valley Scholars:

● Volunteer! FVS meets once a month, usually on a Thursday at 7:30 a.m. at the Widefield School District 3 Administration Building, 1820 Main St.

● Donate! Online donations:

Mail donations to: Fountain Valley Scholars, 1820 Main St., Colorado Springs, CO 80911

● Partner! Let's work together to help our students fulfill their educational dreams.

For more information on FVS, please contact Samantha Briggs at 719-391-3000 or Christy McGee at 719-382-1318


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