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Congratulations Runway Designer Katie Raynard!

We were so pleased to see that Katie Raynard, an associate designer at The Runway, was recognized by Michigan State University! Katie received MSU’s 2015 Excellence in Diversity, Making a Difference Through Artistic Expression Award. This award is given by MSU’s Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, which has a long-standing tradition of recognizing members of MSU’s community whose efforts support an environment where diversity and inclusion are valued.

Katie is a senior in MSU’s College of Arts and Letters, where she studies apparel and textile design. Katie, along with her MSU classmate Anami Chan, are the organizers of “Fashion for the Fire,” a fashion show that will be held in collaboration with the Firecracker Foundation to raise awareness, show support and raise funds for the survivors of childhood sexual trauma. The show will present Katie and Anami’s designs, inspired by the accounts of brave survivors. The designs will be presented in correlation with recordings of survivor’s stories. The designs and signature accessories will be auctioned to raise money for the Firecracker Foundation. The fashion show will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at The Runway.

Katie’s talent and passion came to the attention of Foster Swift before she received the Excellence in Diversity Award, and we are happy to have this opportunity to share her good news. It is an inspiration to see someone like Katie, who is busy with school and hard at work to launch her own design business, to make the time and use her talents to help others. Our local design community is remarkably lucky to have Katie as a member!

Foster Swift is proud to be a sponsor of Fashion for the Fire. For more information regarding Fashion for the Fire, click here. If you would like to contact Katie or Anami, you may reach them at I hope to see you in April at The Runway for Fashion for the Fire! Deanna

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