The Salvation Army Camden Kroc Center Hosts 6th Annual Garbage Bag Gala

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Camden will hold its 6th Annual Garbage Bag Gala Fashion Show on Friday, June 4, from 7 to 9 support of programs helping local families at the Kroc Center. This year’s gala will be hosted virtually, with the runway fashion show taking place at the Kroc Center and attendees watching from home through a livestream.

Sponsored by New Jersey American Water and Agent06, this awe-inspiring runway show will showcase fashions created from recycled and unconventional materials, even garbage bags. Approximately 20 garments created by fashion design students from Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts and Design will be featured in the annual fashion show, which is being produced by acclaimed red-carpet designer, Project Runway runner-up and judge, Nancy Volpe Beringer.

For the first time ever, several well-known journalists from local television and radio stations have volunteered to serve as celebrity models during the show. Confirmed celebrity models include Llarisa Abreu, Meteorologist from CBS 3 Eyewitness News; Janelle Burrell, News Anchor from CBS3 Eyewitness News; and Jennifer Lewis-Hall, anchor, host and producer from PHL17.

Tickets can be purchased for $99 beginning May 1 and the first purchasers will receive a party pack with fun backdrop designs and other items to use at home while watching. Virtual attendees of this year’s Garbage Bag Gala are invited to participate virtually throughout the event, with attendees being shown on a wall of monitors behind the runway. Those who feel adventurous are invited to dress in theme by creating a garment, gown or accessory made from recycled materials and posting a photo on their social media channels with the hashtag #GBG21.

“The Garbage Bag Gala is a one-of-a-kind fashion show that spotlights rejuvenation and inclusion,” said Kroc Center Associate Administrator Captain Pamela Maynor. “We’re very excited to showcase the hard work and talent of these extraordinary designers, all to help support amazing local families impacted by a most challenging year.”

“The Kroc Center truly does incredible work to serve a struggling population. So many special events have been missed during COVID, we knew we needed to make this 6th year the best ever,” says Garbage Bag Gala Committee Chairperson, Angela Barnshaw.

For tickets and information about the Garbage Bag Gala, visit For sponsorship opportunities, contact Benjamin Ovadia at (856) 780-0870 or [email protected]

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