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2009.08.25 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Aug. 29 Fashion Show to Bring Awareness to Drinking and Driving

Omaha - When University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) junior and Eta Sigma Gamma member Amy Wieczorek lost two friends to a drunk driver in Lincoln in 2007, she was devastated.

“Burying my friends was the hardest thing I have ever done,” Wieczorek said.

Not only did Wieczorek, 21, experience the pain of losing her friends – Morgan Hohnbaum and Josh Milana, both of Grand Island – but she also encountered a lack of additional resources in the Omaha area to combat and prevent drinking and driving fatalities.

On Saturday, Aug. 29, Wieczorek will host Fashion Victim, a fashion show to raise funds for MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) in Nebraska and educate the community about drinking and driving. The event is presented by the UNO chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma, a health education honorary organization.

The event, which begins at 7 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building’s Collaborating Commons on the UNO campus, is free, but donations will be accepted at the door. Attendees who donate will be eligible for drawings to win restaurant and local store gift certificates, as well as an iPod Nano.

Slated to speak at the event are Sally Ganem, the First Lady of Nebraska; Matt Davison, a former Nebraska Cornhusker who supports and drinking and driving education; Justin Reese, a UNO student who was seriously injured when struck by a drunk driver in 2008; and Chuck Elley, a Nebraska State Trooper.

The majority of the night’s more than 30 clothing models are UNO students.

Wieczorek is a community health major at UNO who is also a fashion model. She was crowned Miss Supermodel of Nebraska in 2008 and received third runner-up in the Miss Division of the America National Teenager Scholarship Organization Nebraska State Pageant, where her platform has focused heavily on drinking and driving awareness and prevention.

“I want to be a role model before a model,” Wieczorek said.

Event sponsors include: MADD Nebraska; the Nebraska Grocery Industry Association; O’Hara Plumbing; 7 Day Furniture; Rightway, Inc.; the UNO Athletic Department; and the Valley Police Department.

The night’s fashions are provided by: Nouvelle Eve; Runway Boutique; Roots and Wings; Wake N Skate Boardhouse; Robot Luv; Pastel Groove House; The Buckle; and Gap.

All funds raised will be donated to MADD Nebraska in honor of Hohnbaum.

The College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building is located just south of UNO’s bell tower.

For more information, visit www.unomaha.edu/esg/fashionvictim.html or call Wieczorek at (308) 383-5050.

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