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Mother keeps daughter's memory alive with fashion show

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A local mother is keeping her daughter's memory alive by helping inspire other children. Sunday, her organization hosted what has become an annual fashion show at Boutwell Auditorium helping promote positive change in the community.   

It's a catwalk with a cause. Shunda Milhouse says "I want to teach young kids to start dreaming now, don't wait." Young models walk the runway, developing confidence and self esteem as Milhouse fulfills a promise to her daughter.

Parent  Tracey Hooper's child participated in the fashion show. She says "It was because of a tragedy this show came about, but also it's turned into a positive situation."

Milhouse started a foundation helping children after her 15-year-old daughter April Lynn Jamerson was shot to death in a city park on senior skip day 10 years ago. "I  decided to make her a promise that her life would not be taken in vain, that I would do something to keep her memory alive in a positive way."

The 8th annual Loving It Fashion Show is a reflection of that promise. The event also brings to light issues affecting the community and the world. Tracey Hooper "It's our duty as responsible adults within the community to provide venues and a means to educate and to uplift and build self esteem in our young people."

Hooper says uplifting children can make a difference, but involvement is necessary from parents and the community.  Milhouse says "We need to start loving ourselves and what God instilled in us and start caring a sharing and being grateful for what we have."

Milhouse says donations made helps the foundation put on other events, like the Senior Unity Fest which gives students an alternative activity for them to do on Senior Skip Day.