Teenager has a passion for fashion and the Red Cross – Available for interview Saturday 12/1 at 10 am

Southern Missouri Region

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield MO 65803

417-832-9500 Ext. 107

417-207-6349 Cell

Media Contact:  Nigel Holderby




Junior Red Cross Volunteer Gives Back with Fashion Show

Join the fun and support Red Cross Disaster Relief

American Red Cross, Southern Missouri Region: 11/30/2012

Destinee Douty is currently a Junior at Everton High School.  She joined the Red Cross as a “junior member’ after hearing information regarding the Red Cross presented at Everton’s annual Career Fair in 2011.  During that same Career Fair, Destinee had the opportunity to meet with Josh Porter, a representative from MSU’s Department of Fashion Design, to discuss her interest in designing clothes.  Immediately following, Destinee and the other Everton School volunteers, began fundraising activities and community help projects as representative of the Red Cross Organization.

During one brainstorming session, the original idea of making and selling Fashion scarves as a fundraiser quickly morphed Destinee into the idea of using her passion for designing clothes as a fundraiser.  Destinee is a fan of Laguna Beach, the TV show, and watched one episode about a group of teenagers putting on a fashion show for charity. The idea of taking her drawings and turning them into outfits from which others would benefit so excited her that she immediately began planning. She knew this fundraiser require long hours of work and diligence, but that was only a minor detail considering the contribution she felt she could make to the Red Cross.

In January of 2012, determined not to rely on the generosity of adults to make her dream happen, Destinee began the process of interviewing classmates and friends – deciding who she would like to have model her designs, and finding those who would have time to help her with fundraising activities to pay for the needed fabric and supplies. For the past year, two to three times a week, Destinee has been designing, sewing, buying, fundraising, and fitting her models with outfits for this fashion show fundraiser.  Her dedication to this dream goes deeper, however, because her road has been riddled with setbacks.  For one thing, Destinee had never sewn a stitch in her lifetime.  She searched and found someone to help with that void and after some lessons on cutting, patterning, and sewing, she has learned much.  In addition, her Thyroid Disease, previously under control, flared up, making the road difficult to travel – not to mention school and homework expectations. But she did not give up!

Almost one year later, Destinee’s dream coupled with her compassion for others is becoming a reality.  On Saturday, December 8, 2012, her “Designs by Destinee ‘Rearview Mirror Collection’ ” will be shown and all proceeds donated to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. 

Pre-show begins at 5:30 p.m.
Fashion show begins at 6:00
Silent auction and refreshments to follow
Admission: Minimum $5 donation

Location: Southern Missouri Regional Red Cross Office in Springfield, MO 1545 N. West Bypass


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.


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