Obscurae Magazine Volume 10 Issue 1: Wilderness - Page 81

The 2nd Chicago Fashion Show for Live Out Loud Charity was the largest holiday fashion event of the year celebrating life through fashion and saving lives through suicide prevention. The event was held at Castle Chicago on a Wednesday night. The crowd was bustling with excitement and the place was packed. Media from every walk of life, fashion admirers, families, and all ages gathered inside the gorgeous Castle venue to support suicide prevention and to see wonderful fashions. Sherrie Gearheart established Live Out Loud Charity (LOLC), a non profit organization focused on suicide awareness and prevention through core character development. Since 2010, LOLC has reached over 80 million individuals worldwide through various partnerships and outreach programs within the organization. Live Out Loud Charity has orchestrated an annual fashion show fundraiser each year that promotes self esteem, teaches individuals how to prevent suicide, and brings several cultures together. Sherrie is proud to have all sizes, heights, ages, and diverse ethnicities in her fashion shows. The event included thirteen fashion designers. The audience was jam packed with celebrity actors, fashion community members, performers, and LOLC advocates all for a great cause.  The speakers from the Live Out Loud Charity Leadership Academy included: fifteen year old Brittany Gallarneau, Miss Worldwide Teen Ambassador for LOLC; nine year old Kassy Harper, Miss Worldwide Princess Ambassador for LOLC;  Liz Harper, Cindy Corieus, Sheila Ross, seventeen year old Gordon Ross, and six year old Oliviah Martin. Each LOLC speaker gave insight into suicide prevention, anti-bullying, and core character development. The crowd was move to tears and felt great emotion and a need to give back. Soon the fashion show began. The music started pumping. Tony Long an B