Rock the Runway

I had the pleasure this past weekend to participate as a model in a wonderful event called “Rock the Runway.” The event benefited Girls on the Run of Buffalo, NY. Girls on the Run is a North American non-profit program that works to encourage young girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The program is approximately 2 months long and ends with a celebratory 5K (3.1 mile) run. The goal of the program is to instill confidence through accomplishment while building a foundation for a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. As a former Girls on the Run coach, I can tell you that it’s an amazing program. My oldest daughter, Emily, was in the program and now my youngest daughter, Grace, and my nieces are in the program and they all love it.

The event was a fun-filled evening of fashion, food and drinks. “Rock the Runway” took place at Five Hundred Seneca, Buffalo, NY.  Five Hundred Seneca is a dynamic mixed use development located at the edge of Buffalo’s emerging Hydraulics District. The show took place in the historic building’s large multi-story interior green atrium. Photo credit below to Five Hundred Seneca’s Facebook page.

500 Seneca, Buffalo, NY

Local running boutique Fleet Feet and fashion boutique Half & Half Boutique provided the clothing to be modeled. The models were from all different career/lifestyle backgrounds and the audience was treated to a fun show of outfits that ranged from athletic to street casual to upscale fancy! All proceeds from the event benefited the Girls On The Run Scholarship Fund.

I don’t have any photos from behind the scenes but I can tell you that it was so much fun! Food, drinks, hair, makeup, cute clothes, friendly people and a shared sense of a little nervousness before we all rocked the runway made for a night to remember.

I want to thank my friend Lola Buckley for asking me to be a part of this amazing event. It’s always good to do something outside your comfort zone once in a while. Thank you Lola for your vote of confidence! Many thanks also to Meghan Cavanaugh, Katie Joyce and all of the others who worked so hard to put this event together. You did a fantastic job. I would also like to mention the major sponsors of the event, Savarino Companies, LLCHodgson Russ LLP and Buffalo Spree magazine.

Here are some of my photos from the event. They aren’t professional but they give you an idea of what the event was like.

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Em and Gracie. Girls on the Run Buffalo. Rock the Runway.


Of course I’m going to share my after-party outfit links too 🙂 The shoes were a big hit and bonus – they’re incredibly affordable!

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Maria McKendry

“The most important thing a girl wears is her confidence.”

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