Friday, June 3, 2011

Update: Fashion Show Fundraiser Event

Invite donated by Nic Carhart Designs
How do I describe what has been called the Fashion Event of the season? ... With awe and wonder.

On March 23rd of this year, over 90 women and eight businesses joined us in celebrating being real women and raising funds for a much needed organization, KV Outreach. Believing every woman is uniquely beautiful and should have the support system behind them (excuse the pun), Ann and I believe strongly in the free and confidential service KV Outreach provides to those in unhealthy relationships.

Months before the event,  we put a call out to our clients for models. Eight beautiful, exciting, and local women answered the call and walked the cat walk wearing the latest fashions in bra sets, loungewear and swimwear made by the bra companies we love and sold at our online store. These women came from a variety of professions and lifestyles from university students to IT professionals.

We spent weeks of giggles with these women doing fittings getting ready for the evening. It really was a pleasure to learn more about them and to see their passion for encouraging self esteem in their peers. Ann and Tammy with Pam from Toose's had so much fun deciding what outfits and jewelry they should show off for us. It was wild, all shapes and sizes and they made everything look good.

Finally the sold out event was here and I can't tell you what a remarkable night it was. Women who were only strangers weeks before were lifting and supporting each other as women only know how. We were all so excited to be a part of this fabulous evening. Their make up was generously donated by the team at Yves Rocher accentuating each model's natural beauty.

There was so much energy as our guests enjoyed the decadent treats made for them by the talented team at the Bourbon Quarter and samples of wine carefully chosen and poured by the Valley Wine Cellar. The room was made ambient by the lovely bouquets by Sandra Miller Floral designs and sound and lighting generously donated by band Southern Comfort. Our own girls, at The Girls, made the event run without a hitch, doing as they only know how and putting their all into it.

As the fashion show began Ann and I were moved by the room full of women who applauded each model as she took her place on the runway. Women who are our friends, customers, and the neighbor in the grocery line behind you.

All in all it was a glamourous evening abundant with women encouraging and supporting women. Lisa from Playful Moments photography captured it all wonderfully.

In the end the event raised $1,600 from ticket proceeds. Ann and I were so encouraged by the response that we matched it and ended up presenting KV Outreach an amount of $3200.

Thank you to everybody who made this event such a success! And if you didn't make it this year, we hope to see you next time!

Ann and Tammy
real women. real bras. real beauty. ©2011, The Girls Bra Shop Inc.
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