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THIRD Annual Mannequins on the Loop Fundraiser and Contest Event 6-6-11 PDF

THIRD Annual Mannequins on the Loop Fundraiser and Contest Event 6-6-11 PDF

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 FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION & RELEASE
Press Contact:
 
Audrey Jones
June 22, 2011 Owner & Operator of 
Figure 8 Designs
 Event Creator & Coordinator for
Mannequins on The Loop
816.308.9424 ~ figure8gt@yahoo.com~
Press Contact:
Mary Elizabeth BearyMary.Beary@yahoo.com 618.447.8333 
THIRD ANNUAL
 
Mannequins on the loop! 
Custom Designed Eco-Friendly Mannequin Creations
Raise Money 
for
Joe Edwards’
 
Loop’s Trolley Car
Project 
 
On the eve of July 12, 2011 while a crowd full of St. Louis and University City notables including Joe Edwards, UniversityCity Mayor Shelley Welsch and representatives of the Kwame Foundation gathered on the rooftop of Moonrise Hotel on Delmar, local artist 
received the grand prize for her unique creation of a custom designed Mannequin for
 
restaurant and music venue, Blueberry Hill. Thanks to 
 creative and economy-boosting event brainchild,
“Mannequins on the Loop”
she initiated
three years ago, this year’s winner
will have her winning design displayed insidethe historic Trolley car on Delmar for an entire month.Audrey alone raised just over
 five hundred dollars
from individuals, and businesses in University City and St. Louis City togo towards funds keeping the Trolley Car Rail Track Project moving forward
 –
while bringing awareness to University
City’s unique art and artists, venues and businesses
all along Delmar who displayed the delightful designs in theirwindows. And all with a key factor of only using eco-friendly materials in the mannequin designs.
Audrey is very pleased with the outcome of this year’s “Mannequins on the Loop,”
 
themed, “Here Comes The Trolley;”
 
“I
thought it was very successful this year because we keep expanding awareness about the event as more people see themannequins and talk about it. I was very happy to speak with Mayor Welsch who personally approached myself and theartists offering her continued support. So, many more people and businesses are becoming more and more aware of this artistic event that by completely eco-friendly designed mannequins all over Delmar, raise awareness for the TrolleyCar project, gives the Loop even more of an artistic edge, helps get attention for the businesses displaying themannequins, and creates greater awareness about being environmentally conscious. This is all so important for our
economy here, and our community’s environment. ”
Several University City businesses, boutiques and restaurants took part in the event in efforts to raise needed funds forthe 
 endeavor spearheaded back in 1997 by Joe Edwards. Some of the businesses involved
 
were;
Blueberry Hill, Pizazz, Headz n Threadz, TAG, Big Shark Bicycle Co., Dick Blick Art Materials, Plow-Sharing,Avalon, Sexy Budha, Craft Alliance, NAPPS, Macro-Sun, Subway, HSB Tobacconist, and Miss M's Candy Boutique
.These businesses collaborated with Audrey by helping with fundraising, and displaying the many mannequins inside of 
their storefront’s windows to raise attention for local art and for the event, as well as for their business.
Audrey came
up with this year’s “Here Comes The Trolley” theme with a hopeful eye on seeing the Trolley Rail Car system here and
running in the near future. A $45 million project, $25 million was funded from the federal government with the restbeing raised in a myriad of ways. Only $5-$7 million more dollars are needed for St. Louis City and University City to see
Joe Edwards’
envisioned dream become a reality.Audrey says,
My vision was to connect with the businesses in The Loop and bring exposure to our community. This yearespecially since the trolley is one of the main features in our community. I wanted to again incorporate businesses,artists and designers using recyclable materials, eco-friendly consciousness, and lastly raise money for the trolley! It is asignificant landmark we are all very proud to have. The connection it will make when complete, between University Cityand the City of St. Loui,s is also an important plus for our community economically and in additional publictransportation alternatives. The history of the streetcar (known as the trolley) today once traveled down DelmarBoulevard. Today Trolleys (not streetcars) are being used very successfully in several major cities in the US.
 Joe Edwar
ds concurs, “
The Trolley Rail Track System will initially run about 2.2 miles from City Hall in downtown St.Louis, al
l the way to Delmar here in University City. It will run through our City’s most attractive
, popular areas anddistricts like Forest Park, the History Museum, the Science Center, and along the Loop district. Economically, this type of system will reduce vehicle emissions, rising costs for gasoline, and it will make any conventions, national events orseminars look more seriously at St. Louis for this added advantage in transportation that is distinctive and unique. Thereare only about six or seven cities using these systems now and they have a 70% higher ridership than their buses and
other public transit systems.”
Edwards added that the last time a Trolley Car traveled the streets of St. Louis was in 1966
, stating, “It’s a shame weever got rid of them.” Fortunately, the people of St. Louis City and University City, politicians and driving forces like
Audrey Jones and Joe Edwards will continue to bring our Trolley Car rail system project to life, and greatly benefit thelifestyle, economy and earth-conscientiousness of our City.Winner of the event for her magnificent mannequin design, St. Louisan Jennifer Hayes says of Joe Edwards and theevent
, “
Joe was a blast to work with, it was really nice to get to know him a little bit better. It was really a ball! Thethree things I focused on after meeting with Edwards about the design for Blueberry Hill; were the live music venue (theDuck Room), the incredible food served and all of the celebrity, historical and musically influenced memorabilia there.
 She chose to integrate his image in the mannequin as well since
, “
He is such an icon in St. Louis and especially in
University City’s history and economic work on behalf of the Loop. So, I incorporated a fe
w images of him on the
Mannequin that he had taken in the little photo booth at Blueberry Hill.”
Winner, Jennifer Hayes; Her winning mannequin design; design collaborator & Trolley Project lead, Joe Edwards

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