Fashion show set to benefit local nonprofits


March 1, 2016

High school students across the county are getting ready for prom season, so teens are beginning the quest for the right outfit – whether a dress or a tux or suit. They can get a sneak peek of the latest fashions at the upcoming United Way of Williamson County Youth Advisory Council (YAC) Fashion Show.

The show, set for 2 p.m., Saturday, March 5, is sponsored by Belk and CoolSprings Galleria and will be held in the Belk second-floor atrium.

The teens enjoy modeling the new clothes, and families use it as a photo opportunity. Some teens purchase the pieces they modeled. Trends this year for the Spring & Prom Fashion Show include blue, coral and plenty of bright colors. Additionally, black and white are always staples.

But the real reward comes after the fashion show is over and proceeds are counted.

The 2016 Spring & Prom Fashion Show is one of the main annual fundraisers for YAC, the teen outreach portion of United Way. With YAC clubs in every Williamson County high school and in several private high schools, YAC teens make a difference in the community by getting involved in service projects and raising money for charitable organizations.

“The reason I love working with United Way is that it’s so rewarding to see how much people in this community appreciate it when you help them,” said Meredith Dunn, a YAC leader from Page High School. “Honestly, there is nothing more gratifying than to see the work we do and the money we raise go to such great causes. This program allows us to step outside of our complicated daily lives and do something nice for someone else and then encourage others to do the same.”

YAC’s allocations committee meets in April to hear proposals from area nonprofit agencies, and the committee decides which programs will receive funding from the group’s fundraising efforts.

In 2015, YAC raised about $5,200 to help fund various programs.

“I really love Youth Advisory Council because I am able to meet really compassionate and bright individuals from other schools in the spirit of volunteerism,” said Diana Pope, a YAC leader from Franklin High School. “United Way has given me the opportunity to reach out to my hometown and help a variety of organizations.”

For more information about the 2016 Spring & Prom Fashion Show, visit Tickets are $10 per person, and proceeds benefit United Way of Williamson County and its partner programs. Tickets are available through YAC members or by contacting Carla Arnette at 615-771-2312 or

About Belk, Inc.

Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk, Inc. ( is the nation’s largest family owned and operated department store company with 301 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states. Founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C., the company is in the third generation of Belk family leadership and has been committed to community involvement since its inception. Each year, Belk gives a portion of its pretax income back to the communities it serves. In fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2013, the company and its associates, customers and vendors, donated more than $18 million to those communities. offers a wide assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home.

About United Way of Williamson County

United Way of Williamson County is committed to creating real change and measurable improvements in the day-to-day lives of thousands of people. We and more than 30 partner nonprofit organizations focus on education, financial stability, good health and rebuilding lives – the key building blocks for creating a better life. Serving the Williamson County community for more than 50 years, United Way of Williamson County works to inspire acts of caring, deliver hope and improve lives. When we work together to advance the common good, we LIVE UNITED. To find out more, please visit or call the office at 615-771-2312.