Mackenzi Mencia, of FishHawk, was one of more than 50 children who modeled in the Emergency Care Help Organization’s Seventh Annual Kids Helping Kids Fashion Show, its largest fundraiser.

The Emergency Care Help Organization is looking to crown its first “Mr./Miss ECHO” at the Eighth Annual Kids Helping Kids Fashion Show, set for Saturday, October 2, at River Hills Country Club. In order to participate in the fashion show, children ages 5 to 18 must raise or contribute a minimum of $100.
The model participant who raises the most funds will be crowned Mr./Miss ECHO at the conclusion of the show. The winner will be invited to future fashion show events, showcased on the ECHO float in Brandon’s Fourth of July parade, and will have a press release issued about how they raised their funds.
Cami Gibertini, senior vice president with USAmeriBank, fashion show chairperson and member of the ECHO Board of Directors, said, “I am very excited about the show this year. We are introducing Mr./Miss ECHO, and I think that this will appeal to the models who are very creative about raising their model entry fees.”
The committee working on the fashion show is conscious of the economy and has created some ways to help models raise their money. This includes an ECHO Model Yard Sale, which will be held on Saturday, September 18, at USAmeriBank, located at 668 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon, from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon.  Additionally, the minimum entry fee has been lowered to $100. The models will also have the opportunity to participate in a work day on Saturday, September 25, at ECHO to see how the money they raise is used.
For a second year, Kohl’s is providing the fashions for the models. Gibertini said, “I want to thank Kohl’s for providing the fashions again this year. The A Team at Kohl’s has become a great working partner with ECHO, and I am truly appreciative of their support.” Gibertini added, “I want to thank all of our sponsors. Your continued support is essential to the success of the fashion show, which is one of ECHO’s largest fundraising efforts.”
ECHO is a 501(c)(3), located at 507 N. Parsons Ave. in Brandon. For more than 20 years ECHO has been assisting families in the greater Brandon area who find themselves in need. Since its inception, ECHO has assisted some 100,000 residents, half of whom are children. 
If you are interested in participating in the Eighth Annual Kids Helping Kids Fashion Show or would like to become a sponsor, please visit or call 685-0935.

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