Richard Petty to serve as model in fashion show fundraiser

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Richard Petty has done a lot of things in his life.

He was voted into the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He’s the all-time race winner in NASCAR history with 200 wins. He also is tied for the most championships won with the late Dale Earnhardt.

He’ll soon also be a fashion model.

Well, kind of, according to the High Point (N.C.) Enterprise.

The man known as The King will take part in a special fashion show designed to give 12 students enrolled in the University of North Carolina-Greensboro’s CARS (Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies) program an opportunity to show off their fashion designs.

The designs are inspired by Petty and significant moments of his long and illustrious career, based upon a recent visit by the students to the Richard Petty Museum in Randleman, N.C.

“A lot of the students did not know anything about ‘The King’ or about NASCAR, so it was a challenge for them to learn and understand about him and his history,” Jill Mongelli, of the Petty Family Foundation, told the Enterprise. “These kids have really thought outside the box.

“We wanted to challenge them, and I’m very impressed with what they’ve done. They got to know Richard’s history. They got to see the design of the cars, the edges, the colors, you name it, and they really took some of it to heart. Their inspiration came from many different aspects.”

Proceeds from the fashion show will go to provide scholarships for seniors in the CARS (Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies) program at UNC-G, as well as to support Victory Junction Gang Camp.

The show, known as “Hot Pass To Fashion Challenge,” is a competition to determine the best student designs. Presented by the Petty Family Foundation, the event will be held Jan. 17 at Petty Enterprises in Level Cross, N.C.

Tickets are $43 general admission and $143 for VIP tickets that include front-row seating. To see and cast online votes for the designs that will be part of the fashion show competition, as well as more information, check out the “Current News & Events” tab at www.pettyfamilyfoundation.org.

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