We'd like to invite you to join us for our annual Nail the Runway fundraising gala and fashion show! This year's Nail the Runway is brought to you by the Brookings Home Team powered by Century 21 Krogman and Company, along with many other sponsors from the area!
Nail the Runway is not your typical fashion show. All the outfits that make their way down the runway are designed by individuals or groups from the community. Not only that, the materials used in the outfits make them distinct: since we're known as the group that builds affordable housing, all of the outfits are made from construction materials!
A purchase of a ticket includes entrance to the venue, a meal, and attendance of the fashion show. You don't have to buy a ticket to participate in the silent auction. All funds raised from this event go directly towards building affordable housing in the Brookings area.
We hope you can join us at Nail the Runway!
Meet the Judges!
Alex Hoffman Bisson is an award-winning broadcast news journalist and former Omaha morning news anchor originally from Eureka, SD. An accomplished athlete, she broke nine records her first swimming season swimming for SDSU and was an NCAA Woman of the Year nominee. She served as Miss South Dakota 2008 and was a Top 15 semi finalist at Miss America. Alex and her husband, Dr. John Bisson, own Bisson Dental in Brookings.
Brady James Clark
Brady James Clark is a familiar face to Bobcat fans and students in the area. He's a 5th-grade teacher in Brookings, SD as well as the Head Football Coach for Brookings High School. From Hartford, SD, a football and track scholarship took him to Black Hills State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Education. He joined the Brookings School District in 2020, where he has been shaping student minds and skills in the classroom and on the field as a proud Bobcat.
Oepke "Ope" Niemeyer is the Mayor for the City of Brookings, SD. Prior to becoming Mayor, Ope was elected to serve as a Council Member for four terms. As the owner of Ope Niemeyer Flooring LLC, he has over 40 years of experience running a small business. In addition to volunteering on various boards, he has enjoyed sharing the flooring installation skills he started learning in high school with more than 70 Habitat for Humanity home builds. He has also taken multiple trips to Haiti to teach solar oven cooking through the Rotary Club and the Methodist church.
Ginger Thomson has done it all, from taking the 1977 Miss South Dakota title to holding a 2005 Brookings City Council position to being a patented inventor! Her SDSU Journalism and USD Mass Communications degrees led her to reporting and anchoring for KELO-TV as well as SDPB producer roles. She's even worked with celebrities such as Jane Seymour, Erin Brockovich, Lisa Ling, and Mary Lou Retton. Her home product invention, the Doorhickey, is just another example of the proflic experiences Ginger brings to the table.
Ann Volin is the Executive Director of the South Dakota Humanities Council and Brookings native who was born in what is now West Hall on the SDSU campus. An SDSU alum, she has since lived in Connecticut, Missouri, Texas, Iowa, and Kansas - where she received her PhD in English. Ann worked for 12 years at Rockhurst University in Kansas City as the director of its Aylward-Dunn Learning Center for academic support before returning to Brookings