Though now commonplace, fashion modeling was condemned in colonial times as "public lying," with offenders being yanked off the streets with novelty-sized shepherd's crooks. Embrace vaudevilliany with today's Groupon: for $20, you get two general-admission tickets to the second-annual BarkAid 2011 fashion show at the Kansas Humane Society on Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m. (a $40 value).
Raising money and awareness for the Kansas Humane Society, BarkAid showcases finery from local clothiers along with a wealth of other entertainment. After Lomantini the Salon tends to their flowing tresses and makeup needs, 18 models will don garments by three area retailers to strut the runway. While the fashion flaunts onstage, guests can sample appetizers prepped by some of Wichita’s finest restaurants or sip a sophisticated martini from Xclusive Bartending’s most talented mixologists. A silent auction supports other local businesses, allowing bidders to vie for artwork, goods made by the city's artisans and cross-stitching Pomeranians, and services.
With events such as BarkAid, the Kansas Humane Society works to improve the lives of Wichita's furriest. The city's largest privately funded nonprofit shelter, the organization has its paws in a number of beneficial programs. The shelter houses pets up for adoption, trains dogs, and offers spay and neutering services. Humans can benefit from the center's education, kids’ programs, and volunteer and foster opportunities to learn more about the fundamentals of newspaper fetching and tail-chasing.