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Advocate helps Folsom Zoo Sanctuary

By: Laura Newell Telegraph Staff Writer
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Put on your best feather-raising dress to benefit the Folsom Zoo. Fashion and Animal Benefit Shows (FAB Shows) will put on a fashion show fundraiser 7 p.m. Saturday at the Folsom Community Center to benefit the Folsom Zoo. “We are mixing fashion and fun with a bit of advocacy,” said Jessica Stout, 31, FAB Shows Founder. “Everything we are raising is going back to the sanctuary.” The Zoo Sanctuary is taking in a new eagle that cannot be returned to the wild, and need to raise money for a new aviary, Stout said. “We are aiming to help them raise a good portion of the funds to help with this mission so that we can house this new eagle, named Shiloh,” she said. The evening will include a bird-themed masquerade fashion show, a silent auction and vendors. Models will have birdlike hairstyles with exotic makeup. “Visually, it will be very entertaining,” she said. Several independent designers will be featured including Miss Velvet Cram, Alexandra von Bromssen, Puppy Bird and Black Cat Threads. Cookie Lee jewelry will also set up a booth, and 100 percent of the proceeds from jewelry sales will go back to the show. No animals will be at the show. “We are focusing on fashions that do not use animal products, such as fur or inhumane feathers,” Stout said. “Puppy Bird and Black Cat Threads notably features eco-conscious pieces that have been recycled and redesigned.” She said that as an advocate of 12 years, she rarely works to help zoos. But, after learning about the Sanctuary and its services, she wanted to help. “The Folsom Zoo Sanctuary is a true sanctuary,” she said. “They are really doing it right.”