WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — AIDS Care Service (ACS) has announce the return of its “Red Ribbon Runway” annual design competition and fashion show. In the style of “Project Runway,” contestants are challenged to create a high quality, wearable garment using 100 percent of the materials from three plain white T-shirts provided by sponsor, HanesBrands, Inc. Other materials used in the creation of the garment must be repurposed or recycled. A limited number of new items such as thread may also be used. Several exciting changes to the competition this year include the opening of the contest to group entries and the inclusion of men and children as models.

The top 15 designs will be featured on the runway in a professionally produced fashion show on April 21 at 8 p.m. at the Sundance Plaza Hotel and Spa, 3050 University Pky. that focuses on HIV/AIDS awareness. Brent Campbell from Fox 8 WGHP will serve as the emcee for the evening. The winning design will be selected by a panel of local celebrity judges and will be judged on its design integrity, ingenuity and most importantly — inspiration! The contest winner will receive a $250 cash prize and a gift basket.

Red Ribbon Runway is currently open to the first 40 professional and amateur designers who are 15-years-old and above. Deadline to enter is March 30. A $15 fee is required. Garments must be received by April 16.

For tickets and more information, call Rivkah Meder at 336-777-0116, email or visit

Lainey Millen

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