MCC to Host Annual Fashion Show "Hanging by a Thread"

Mesa Community College to Host Annual Fashion Show “Hanging by a Thread”

MESA, Ariz. – Mesa Community College’s Fashion Merchandising and Design Department will host its annual fashion show, “Hanging by a Thread,” to showcase students’ original designs and build a scholarship fund for future students. All proceeds will be used to grant scholarships to qualified MCC Fashion Merchandising and Design students.

“Hanging by a Thread” will be held Thursday, April 17th at the Phoenix Marriott Mesa, 200 Centennial Way, Mesa, 85201.  Additional parking is located at the MCC Downtown Center parking garage located at 165 North Centennial Way. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction, the show begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available in room 203 of the TC50 building at Mesa Community College’s (MCC) Southern & Dobson campus, or by calling Donna Parker at 480-461-7144.

“We are very proud of these students and their faculty advisers,” said Dr. David Dore, MCC Dean of Career & Technical Education (CTE) Programs. “This program is one of our premier CTE programs and our faculty do a great job preparing these students for design and merchandising careers.”

“Our students work very hard during the course of their program,” said Evonne Bowling, Program Director for MCC Fashion Merchandising and Design. “Hanging by a Thread” is the culmination of educational coursework and provides students with opportunity to showcase their incredibly creative design work.”

“Our faculty create opportunities for students they only get at MCC,” says Preston D. Cameron, Faculty/Department Chair, MCC Business and Information Systems Department.  “Our accreditation allows students to move into 4-year degree programs in merchandising and design with demonstrable skills and abilities. This fashion show highlights student capabilities and allows them to pass the benefit of a cost-effective fashion/merchandising education on to others through scholarship funds they generate.”

“Hanging by a Thread” is co-sponsored by the Phoenix Marriott Mesa and the Phoenix Business Journal.

“We are grateful for the local community support our program receives,” Bowling adds. “Without the contributions and support from our community, our program would not be as successful as it has become.”

Campus renovations and construction projects prompted the need for an off-campus site for this year’s fashion show. “The Phoenix Marriott Mesa stepped up when we needed them,” said Cameron. “It understands the importance of this program to our students and our community’s workforce. Marriott’s support of our program highlights its commitment to our community.”


About Mesa Community College
Mesa Community College provides outstanding transfer and career and technical programs, workforce development, and life-long learning opportunities to residents of the East Valley area of Phoenix, Arizona. MCC excels in teaching, learning and empowering its more than 40,000 students who attend annually to succeed in a local and global community. Mesa Community College is one of ten colleges that comprise the Maricopa County Community College District. For additional information please visit

About MCC's Fashion Merchandising and Design Department
Fashion design, merchandising, and retailing industries are in need of well-trained executives. MCC is committed to student education, internships, and the transfer process to four-year universities so that students can achieve their goals. An integral part of this program is an internship that provides on-the-job experience under the supervision of a professional in the retail field. Learn more by clicking here.

The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an
equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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Publication Date: 
Friday, April 11, 2014