Ohio Dominican University Student to Hold Fashion Show to Benefit Children Battling Cancer

Jenelle Krumlauf


Columbus, OH (43219) – Ohio Dominican University (ODU) is teaming up with ODU Senior Jenelle “Nellie” Krumlauf in the fight against pediatric cancer. 

ODU will host the 6th Annual Nellie’s Catwalk for Kids (NC4K) Fashion Show at 7:30 p.m. on August 3 in Alumni Hall on the University’s main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus 43219.  Guests of NC4K are invited to a pre-party and cocktail hour from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. which will include live music, complimentary food and a silent auction.  Tickets, which can be purchased at www.nc4k.com, cost $30 and are limited to the first 3,000 guests. 

This year’s event is expected to be the most successful to date.  Krumlauf, who is majoring in Public Relations at Ohio Dominican, hopes to raise $100,000 to financially assist families of pediatric cancer patients.  Donations are used in a variety of ways such as purchasing gas cards, assisting with house payments and sending care packages. 

NC4K has grown tremendously over the last six years and has already helped to collect well over $100,000 for kids and teens who are battling cancer. 

Krumlauf, President and Founder of NC4K, held the first Fashion Show in 2007 when she was just 16 years old.  The first event featured 25 models and drew 200 guests.  Last year, the event raised $42,000.  This year’s event will include more than 300 models and is expected to draw 3,000 attendees. 

“Never in a million years did I think it would be what it is today,” Krumlauf said.  “I do feel very blessed. We’re just trying to do whatever we can to help.” 

Krumlauf, who will graduate from ODU in May 2013, plans on coordinating shows beyond graduation. 

“As of now, we have a plan to embark on a nationwide tour next May to not only raise awareness for pediatric cancer and what we’re doing, but to have fashion shows across the United States,” Krumlauf said.  “We have 11 different volunteers in different states that have already made that commitment to us.  We’re in the process of training them and getting the initial stages done.” 

Krumlauf has been recognized by numerous organizations for her charitable efforts. Murley Miller, CFRE, Vice President for Advancement at Ohio Dominican University recently nominated Krumlauf for the 2012 Jefferson Awards for Public Service.   She also recently received the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award from the Central Ohio Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC) presented Krumlauf with its first-ever Service-Learning Leadership Award in 2012.  Last fall, she received KeyBank’s Achieve Award and last winter, Sunny 95 named Krumlauf one of its 20 Outstanding Women. 

Ohio Dominican University is a four-year private liberal arts institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 42 majors as well as seven graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.