Food, fashion and fun were on hand Friday at the sixth annual Central Texas College Department of Nursing Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon.

Sponsored by Metroplex Health System, the gala event featured singer Holly Tucker, a finalist on “The Voice,” 25 local women modeling clothing from “The Garden Room” in Austin, and comic relief provided by the Men in Pink, local businessmen who danced and paraded down the runway in pink scrubs inscribed with their names.

Kathleen McDonald, CTC coordinator of college development, said this year’s show was “our biggest one yet.”

It began six years ago as a modest luncheon to celebrate the nursing program’s 40th anniversary and has grown to a more elaborate celebration.

About 370 people attended the $50-per-plate event. Proceeds raised by the fashion show go toward nursing scholarships and small equipment for the students to train with.

“We truly believe that CTC has one of the best nursing programs, not only in Texas but in the entire country,” said McDonald, adding it takes money to support a program of this caliber. “For students, it’s a very expensive proposition to get into.”

Ruth Freston is a senior in the nursing program, studying to be a registered nurse. She and her fellow students — clad in purple uniforms — wound their way between tables, bringing water and iced tea to the guests.

Freston said she was excited to be there.

“It’s all local people from Metroplex and CTC (working) here — it’s just a lot of fun,” she said.

Killeen City Manager Glenn Morrison said it was a no-brainer when he was asked to attend the fashion show.

“It’s a great cause,” he said.

Rachael Jensen, who works for a medical billing company, said she was there to support the nursing students.

“We have a close relationship with the nursing community,” she said. “We just like supporting the nursing program and wanted to come out and enjoy the event.”

McDonald said the fashion show helps inspire people to start scholarships for nursing students.

“We’re trying to evolve it to make it something people absolutely want to return to,” she said. “Nurses touch all our lives.”

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