CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Margaret Ann Simpson still sparkles on the runway.
Simpson, 76, is a member of a committee that oversees the organization of an annual fashion show in Charleston to raise money for West Virginia University athletics.
As the event marked its 31st year, attendance was robust.
Simpson said when she began attending 20 years ago, about 50 people came and the show was on the verge of getting the boot.
Instead, an appointed committee worked out the kinks and nearly 500 attendees were at Thursday's "Diamonds in the Sky" at the Charleston Civic Center.
The event previously has been held at the Charleston Marriott and Embassy Suites but had to move to the Civic Center this year because of the larger turnout.
"It takes a lot of hard work to put this show on," Simpson said. "Mountaineer pride runs deep in my family considering my five daughters are graduates. It is definitely rewarding to be able to raise money that provides scholarships to WVU athletes."
Simpson said the show raised about $10,000 last year. With an increase in attendance and corporate sponsorship, she is hoping this year's total will rise to $15,000 when proceeds are tallied.
Seventy-five models ranging in age from 3 to 76 took the stage.
The models included both female and male students, alumni and fans of WVU.
Mountaineer men's basketball coach Bob Huggins made a special appearance, making his way down the runway at the start of the show.
Former WVU football athletes Rasheed Marshall and Quincy Wilson escorted models.