“Junk 2 Funk” fashion show connects Bozeman to Kenya

The MSU chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) has a unique way of raising funds for projects. For five years, EWB has held a “Junk 2 Funk” fashion show that showcases outfits made entirely of recycled materials. The sixth annual fashion show, which will be held on Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the SUB ballrooms, will include designs made with a wide array of materials, ranging from happy birthday mylar balloons to toilet paper tubes.

The cost for students is $5 and general admission is $12. Carol Baumbauer, a sophomore electrical engineering student, and vice president of the EWB student organization said, “We really appreciate any help and support, even if it is just to attend the fashion show, because the contribution of just that can really go a long way.” Besides a formal dinner auction held in the fall, the “Junk 2 Funk” fashion show is the major form of fundraising and raising awareness for EWB. The support raised during the fashion show helps students within EWB travel to western Kenya each summer to help local communities with clean water systems and sanitation.

“We seek to educate individuals in these communities by implementing these clean water projects at primary schools,” says Baumbauer. Since 2005, EWB has produced eight deep water wells, 11 composting latrines and much more. These projects have helped EWB to develop a long standing relationship with the communities in Kenya.

Baumbauer notes that students do not have to be in engineering to be a part of the projects that take place in Kenya. “The work we do is not as technical as it may seem. What’s more important is the education we provide and the opportunity to have continued relationships.” These relationships can begin right here at home in Bozeman. If interested in joining the EWB-MSU chapter, general meetings take place on Mondays at 6 p.m. in the SUB. Students can also email ewbmsu@gmail.com for more information.

While Baumbauer will not be modeling any designs herself in the fashion show, she hopes for a large turnout. “It’s a great night to come out and support our organization,” Baumbauer said.

To model or enter a design in the fashion show contact Texel Feder at texelfeder@gmail.com. The deadline for entry is Feb. 20.