Renaissance the Runway Presents Local Fashions & Local Models for a Good Cause

The fashion event of the season — the fourth annual Renaissance the Runway — is a Bacot McCarty Foundation event hosted by IP Casino Resort Spa at Studio B on Thursday, Jan. 30, from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Guests will be able to preview fashion pieces from local boutiques all across the Gulf Coast. The fashion will be worn by local models who are paired with a boutique from their community. Special appearances from Miss Mississippi 2019 Mary Margaret Hyer, Miss Mississippi United States 2019 Jennifer Cain, and past royalty from the Gulf Coast Carnival Association are expected.

Live entertainment from nationwide performer and Gulfport local Bruce Kirkwood will enthrall guests with his skills behind a violin.

“The idea is to connect local models to local boutiques for a great cause. We have models from Long Beach to Pascagoula participating, and through local interest and support, we only hope to grow this event,” said Todd Trenchard, executive director of the Bacot McCarty Foundation. “Bacot McCarty’s partnership with IP Casino Resort Spa has been critical to Renaissance the Runway’s successful impact on Mississippi Gulf Coast communities.”

Renaissance the Runway directly benefits the Robbie Maxwell Scholarship Fund, a fund for nursing and engineering students in hopes of returning to their communities to live and work. This event also benefits 2nd Chance Mississippi, an organization dedicated to raise awareness and funds for adult education and work skills training.

The Bacot McCarty Foundation’s primary mission is to increase philanthropy by making grants to worthy causes and enhancing donor services while promoting and providing leadership in response to the community’s ever changing needs. Through events like Renaissance the Runway and The Jolly Memorial Gala and Golf Tournament, Bacot McCarty offers diverse opportunities for local community leaders and organizations to get involved in their communities.

“Bacot McCarty Foundation is widely known for The Jolly Memorial Gala and Golf Tournament. Adding a fashion show to our charity events will help expand our reach for support to local causes,” Trenchard said. “Over the course of 11 years of the memorial gala and golf tournament and four years of Renaissance the Runway, IP Casino Resort Spa has donated upwards of three million dollars to our organization and the charities we support.”

For more information on Renaissance the Runway and the Bacot McCarty Foundation, visit






Written by Kelsey Griffin

Coastal Mississippi native, University of South Alabama alumni, avid animal lover and enthusiastic coffee consumer. My brand = I'm always busy.


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