SAFE benefits from an evening of fashion and fun
by Bill Kimber
Jan 27, 2014 | 1655 views |  0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Childersburg resident Montrelle Keith, center, presents the proceeds from a variety show of local talent and fashions to Margaret Morton, left, and Debbie Adair of the Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement.
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Childersburg resident Montrelle Keith, center, presents the proceeds from a variety show of local talent and fashions to Margaret Morton, left, and Debbie Adair of the Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement.
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Scores of people turned out on a recent Saturday night at Childersburg’s R.S. Limbaugh Community Center for an evening of fashion and family fun, for a charity event called “Rip the Runway: Living Testimonies.”

On Monday, the organizer of the event presented the proceeds from the event to the Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement to support programs for people with all types of needs.

Montrelle Keith originally planned to split the proceeds among a handful of non-profits that support people with disabilities, but ultimately he decided to give the entire $800 to SAFE.

“They were the only organization that showed up and took us seriously as we were raising money for a good cause,” Keith said.

“We enjoyed being involved in this wonderful family event,” said Margaret Morton, executive director of SAFE.

She and SAFE coordinator Debbie Adair attended the Jan. 18 show, and were present Monday to receive the proceeds.

“It was across the ages. There were a couple of young children who could really sing,” she said.

The show included fashion and hair modeling, poetry reading, rap, hip-hop and gospel singing.

Keith, 24, and some friends got the idea to host the show while he’s been off work on long-term disability. A year ago, he was in a wreck that broke both his arms and both his legs and caused his right leg to be amputated above the knee.

Morton said the money will not be earmarked for people with disabilities, but will support a plethora of programs that help people throughout the community.

“At SAFE we’re ‘come one, come all,’” Morton said. “This money will go a long way toward helping us continue the work we do. At some point in our lives we all need each other, and we’re each other,” she said.

Keith said he hopes to make “Rip the Runway” an annual event.