Store in Birch Bay Square using live mannequins to raise money for charity

A local clothing boutique is raising money for charity by having models pose as live mannequins.

Betty Be Good is pledging $1 per minute for two hours, or 10 percent of sales, to raise money for Deborah’s Gate, which is the Salvation Army’s safe house for sex-trafficking victims. The store, which is in Birch Bay Square, is hosting the live mannequin display from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20. Store owner Suzanne Smith is encouraging customers to add per minute pledges and learn more about Deborah’s Gate.

“It’s a fun challenge for the models (to stay completely still) and a great way to raise money for an important cause,” Smith said in a news release.

The store is also donating 2 percent of all purchases to Betty’s Liberty Closet every day of the year. This is fund created by the retailer, with the help of the Salvation Army, provides clothes for women fleeing the bondage of sex slavery. To date, the store has donated more than $4,500 of brand new clothing to the fund.

Donations to the cause can be made in store or online at shopbettybegood.com.