Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Lonza Dennis

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#92: Lonza Dennis

If there's a fashion show in town, Denver fashion blogger Lonza Dennis is there, camera in hand, ready to cheerlead for local designers with her online First Class Fashionista "blogazine." Whether covering the beat or promoting her own charity fundraiser, Paint the Runway, the hard-working Dennis goes above and beyond for the design community, behind the scenes and beside the runway. And for her, branching out into fashion-world public relations is just the next step. How does Dennis find her groove? Find out in her 100CC questionnnaire.

See also: Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Stephanie Ohnmacht

Westword: If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?

Lonza Dennis:
I would say that would be my mom. A lot of great people can say, "Thank you, mommy" for the person they've become. Mom impressed upon me the importance of giving back and making a difference in your community, no matter how big or small. When I was a kid, my mom always said, "Do at least one good deed a day," and she led by example. I would collaborate with her on her nonprofit Community Clothing Exchange, which received referrals from the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Catholic charities and safehouses for victims of domestic violence.

During the holidays, the exchange also provided Thanksgiving food baskets to families in need and assisted the mayor's office of Oakland, California with its annual toy drive. Additionally, in the late '80s, the Community Clothing Exchange led my mom to collaborate with an organization called Sisters United, which provided access to the arts for disadvantaged inner city youth. I remember going to my first play at the Paramount Theater in Oakland back then: Sojourner Truth's Ain't I a Woman.

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