Charity Fashion Show Director Thom Scher ’11 announced last month that the annual show would no longer be happening. Scher did not provide an explanation for the decision.
“This decision and transition was not an easy one, but it is the best one,” Scher said in a press release he sent to Charity Fashion Show affiliates.
Over the last three years, Charity Fashion Show expanded from being hosted under a tent on Roble Field to taking place in a San Francisco venue. However, the large scale of the event caused financial troubles and prevented the non-profit group from donating money to charity in the spring of 2010.
The most recent production also included participation from those outside of the Stanford community — students from Berkeley auditioned for modeling positions and CFS sought outside sponsorships.
“Body diversity, social equality and giving back were key components of the magic that has been Charity Fashion Show,” Scher said. “Our team held the status of ‘Largest Fashion Show on the West Coast’ with a concern for the growth of art in the SF Bay Area, a passion for widespread philanthropy and a belief in entrepreneurial spirit.”
— Kate Abbott