Thrift store fashion show benefits SLV food bank

ALAMOSA — The lights went down and the music went up on Saturday, Nov. 11, as the Rainbow’s End thrift store held its 4th Annual Fashion Show at Adam State University’s Carson Auditorium in Alamosa. The La Puente enterprise held the fashion show to support the Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley’s Thanksgiving food drive.

Volunteers from the community modeled clothes right of the racks of Rainbow’s End, and entertained the crowd with small skits. This was the first year the fashion show was held at the university.

By the end of the night, more than $1,200 in donations had been raised for the food bank, which included the profits from a day-long sale at the thrift sale.

“The response from the community was overwhelming,” said Rich Stepp, manager of Rainbow’s End. “Our team here appreciated everything that was done to help make this a success. We are thrilled to be able to help the food bank feed families this Thanksgiving.”

Lyndsey Williams, director of Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley, even took part by walking the catwalk herself.

“The fashion show was a great opportunity to people to come out and have a good time while supporting what we do,” she said. She also wanted to thank everyone involved for all their hard work, as well as the local businesses who donated goods and services.

“In total, we were able to build and distribute 860 boxes throughout five of the six counties here in the San Luis Valley,” she said. “We’re really grateful to have a community that supports a good cause.”

For more information about the Food Bank of the Sun Luis Valley, please call 719-589-4567 or visit the La Puente website at

Caption: Food Bank Director Lyndsey Williams and Rainbow’s End of Alamosa Manager Richard Stepp are all smiles as the food bank received $1,200 from the thrift store to help with Thanksgiving this year.