Niagara Gazette —
Bivins approached McWilson a couple years ago at one of her benefits. He says he was so moved by what she was doing that it motivated him to get involved.
According to McWilson her event has gotten so big over the past couple of years that it’s getting hard to accommodate all the people that want to come. Ernie will be donating the proceeds of the fashion show to help McWilson have another successful year.
“There will be an informational meeting and a concert benefit in October,” McWilson said. “I’m looking forward to saving more lives this year.”
Principle James Spanbauer of Niagara Falls High School, where the fashion show will be held, has also been working with Bivins in preparing for the show.
“He’s great to work with,” Bivins said of Spanbauer. “He’s been telling me, ‘Ernie if you need something let me know’, he knows it’s a great event.”
Bivins says that he would like to make this show happen monthly throughout the summer, each year, gradually adding more and more kids, and hopefully raising more and more money. He added that his ultimate goal would be to raise enough to donate $25,000 from a single show.
Bivins will donate proceeds from this show live on stage. In the future he said he would like to work with other organizations such as Roswell to help make each show bring in more people and more money to donate.
Rehearsals for the shows have been held on Wednesdays for the past two months at the Doris Jones Resource Center on 9th Street. The runway for the actual show will be in the auditorium at NFHS and will be broadcast live on channels two and four.
The fashion show will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $10 at the door or $12 pre-sale.