It feels like it should be "fashion month" in Annapolis with all of the benefit shows taking place downtown and at the Annapolis Towne Centre (ATC) at Parole. A fashion show to benefit the Light House shelter was coordinated by As Kindred Spirits with the support of fellow ATC businesses. The event, which was attended by around 85 people, was held at Cadillac Ranch on the evening of Oct. 26.
Jackie Brown and Michelle Rencher attended to support the shelter and enjoy some fun with friends.
"My neighbor called to let me know about this event (supporting Light House)," said Brown.
Helping the Light House was a resounding theme for all in attendance at the event, which raised more than $1,200 for the homeless prevention support center now located on Hudson Street in Annapolis. The Light House is a charity that many know about and are willing to support even in economically tough times. During the last four years, many members of the Annapolis community donated towards the $8.2 million needed to open the new shelter. Residents moved to the new location on Oct. 25 and, although the building fundraising is complete, work to continue supporting the shelter continues.
"It costs $1.5 million a year to operate the shelter annually and the Friends of the Light House Shelter (FLHS) host events throughout the year to subsidize these expenses," stated Debra Bird, FLHS president, who later added that FLHS raises 10 percent of that amount ($150,000 for the current fiscal year).
The FLHS meet and plan more than 20 events to benefit not only the shelter, but also other charities in the area. KidWalk is a new event that included the Boys and Girls Club of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, Box of Rain, Anne Arundel County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) and Vision Workshops.
"It's great to have a good time and do a good thing at the same time," Bird told the crowd.
This event required a great deal of participation from all of the businesses in ATC and serves as a fine example of a community coming together for a good cause. The fashion show featured clothing and accessories from all of the ATC stores, along with hair and makeup. The models were prepared from head to toe through a collaboration of neighbors within ATC.
Participants included About Faces, As Kindred Spirits, Brooks Brothers, Bin 201, Cadillac Ranch, Desi Furniture, Eastern Mountain Sports, Gordon Biersch, Hair Cuttery, J. Jill, Lucy, Lululemon, Metro Diner, MyEyeDr, Origins, Paladar Latin Kitchen, Paper Source, Philly Flash, PNC Bank, Poppy & Stella, Restoration Hardware, Smyth Jewelers, Talbots, Urban Chic and Target.
Special thanks to extended area neighbors for contributing to the event: About Change Coaching Services, Allen Designs, Big Vanilla, Jing Ying Institute, RB Enterprises and Tammy Vitale. Also, a big thanks to local musician Jeff Harding for donating his time, PA system and lights.