LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -
This time of year is always a hectic for high school seniors, especially for the Blackledge and Co. models.
"It's very busy with graduation, prom, all of our extracurricular activities and our modeling program," said model Krystin Massingill.
The Blackledge and Co. modeling program was created for high school seniors girls to teach them self-confidence and how to give back to the community.
"We're also doing the dual credit program at Angelina College, so finals are coming up, it's pretty hectic," said model Rachael Meyer.
However, instead of focusing on themselves, these girls have been out selling tickets for the 2016 Creative Arts Gala, a festive event with food, music, entertainment, and even a speed painter from Nashville.
The event isn't just for fun, all of the proceeds are going towards the local women's shelter. The models chose the shelter after touring the facilities.
"A lot of women and children they take in are just in need," said Massingill. "These are women and children that have been abused, kicked out of their homes, and just don't have anything."
"There's people that go in there and don't even have shoes and they're just so underprivileged," Meyer said. "Being able to help out in any way possible, it's just great."
The girls definitely got their message across, selling tickets to customers at HAAS Athletics Monday.
"After hearing so much about what they're doing for the charity and for the women's shelter is really interesting," said Lufkin resident Robbie Owen. "I'm actually very interested in attending."
The intention of the program is to groom role models, not just models, and these girls are certainly making an impact and impression on their community.
"I think it's really neat that they take time out of their own lives," Owen said. "They have so much going on, looking forward to college and everything, but they find time to put others needs in front of their own."
"It is a busy time and it's hard, but we all take time out to do this because it means a lot for the people we are doing it for," Massingill said.
The Gala is being held May 3rd. Tickets are $35 and on sale now at HAAS Athletics, Childers Glass, and Blackledge and Co. Studios.
Blackledge and Co. asks those interested should buy their tickets sooner than later, they are trying to get a head count for dinner. However, tickets will be on sale at the door on the day of the event as well. For information on the gala and tickets, contact Jennifer Blackledge at 936-465-6477.
There is also more information at https://www.facebook.com/blackledgeandcostudio/?fref=ts