Annual Port City Rip the Runway Fashion Show returns for 10th year

Annual fashion show raises money for Lillie Ann Heggins Scholarship, honoring late New Hanover County educator
Port City’s Rip the Runway took place on Saturday for the 9th year. (Photo: Monique Robinson)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The 10th annual Port City Rip the Runway fashion show and fundraiser, usually held in January, is back after a COVID break.

With the theme, Juneteenth Garden, and an attendance that has reached up to 800, the event will span an indoor/outdoor venue, taking over the Harrelson Center campus, its new Plaza on Princess and the 4-star courtyard.e and Princess Streets in downtown Wilmington.

The show features local DJs, makeup artists, stylists, amateur and professional models, local celebrities, and clothing from emerging independent designers and stores in the greater Wilmington area.

Sponsored by Novant Health NHRMC and presented by a local DJ and community activist Brandon “Bigg B” Hickman of Coast 97.3, and his wife, Suprena Hickman, a nurse entrepreneur and founder of the nonprofit Better is Possible CDC, Inc., Port City Rip the Runway, raised more than $25,000 for the Lillie Ann Heggins Scholarship. , dedicated to offsetting the cost of a college education for local senior high school graduates.

Tickets are $40 for general admission and $100 for VIP admission, which includes priority seating, a goody bag, and a reception hosted by Catch Restaurant and featuring design by Elaborate Outings and TS Décor and Design.

For tickets and information, visit and search Port City Rip the Runway.

Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the event.

“We’re thrilled to bring Port City Rip the Runway back this year with a theme that celebrates Juneteenth, models and designers who bring their own fans, and a venue that allows our audience to enjoy the spectacle outdoors, while being protected from the elements. said Suprena Hickman. The Lillie Ann Heggins Scholarship is named for Bigg B’s mother. “She was a much-admired teacher in New Hanover County and Onslow County schools for 40 years and a great advocate for students and teachers statewide and nationally through her work with the North Carolina Association of Educators,” Ms. Hickman said.

Bigg B will be the host and master of ceremonies for the event.

Mike Lang of Coast 97.3 will be the music DJ.

Local figures making an appearance will include WPD Leader Donny Williams, Hollis Briggs, Bo Dean, Dr. Phillip Brown, NHC Sheriff Ed McMahon, YWCA Jhaniqua Palmer and Evelyn Bryant and immigration attorney Vanessa Gonzalez.

“Our participants represent the colorful diversity of our community. Citizens from all facets are always represented on our trail; it’s what makes Port City Rip the Runway an event that truly unites our community,” said Ms. Hickman.


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