Slideshow: Aspen Cares benefit lights up the stage at Belly Up |

Slideshow: Aspen Cares benefit lights up the stage at Belly Up

Staff report

Co-founder and director Katy Parnello, choreographer Amanda Carlson, and co-founder and producer Ramona Bruland were the creative brains behind Saturday night’s production of this theatrical fashion show that weaved dance, movement, music and story into a choreographed performance.

Models and performers donned donated fashions from high-end designers to street-wear lines, while raising money for sexual and mental health. This year’s beneficiary was the Aspen Hope Center’s Individualized Intensive Outpatient Program (I-IOP). This program is an alternative to inpatient psychiatric hospitalization and is unique to the Roaring Fork Valley and to Colorado. It helps individuals who are suicidal or experiencing high emotional crisis, to stabilize at home with friends and loved ones, surrounded by professionals and peers alike.

Attendees took part in an online silent auction and a live auction, and purchased select items directly from the runway.

The concept stemmed from the Telluride AIDS Benefit that started in 1994.

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