Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, in conjunction with Macy’s and the CW/WHOI-TV have selected 16 local models for the Thursday Red Dress Fashion Show - a benefit for the American Heart Association.

On Feb. 2, Tricoci University and The CW4/WHOI-TV 19 hosted a model casting call. Sixteen models from East Peoria, Eureka, Farmington, Henry, Hudson, Metamora, Morton, Pekin, Peoria, and Varna have been selected to be part of the fashion show sponsored by Macy’s and Walgreens.

“The opportunity to raise awareness for a great cause — the American Heart Association" is what many of the model-hopefuls want to gain from the experience

The doors to the Red Dress Fashion Show will open at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Peoria. The show begins at 7 p.m. After the show, attendees can enjoy desserts and a cash bar while they shop the Vendor Underground for items they just viewed on the runway from Macy’s. They can also shop from other vendors like Miche, Beijo, Silpada, Thirty One, Cookie Lee and more. Tickets are $35 and are available at or at Tricoci University on Sheridan Road in Peoria.

For more information on the event, or to set up an interview, contact Emily Ferrell at 692-7880 or email