The day’s program included an array of fashions from The Dandelion and Peebles Department Store modeled by a group of men and women whose physical charms were matched by their generous spirits. Female models included Todd Barnes, C. J. Carter, Sally Clements, Kelly Cooke, Elaine Hanbury, Gin Harris, Karen Jenkins, Carolyn Loritsch, Ann Meekins, Betty Penley , Betci Pierson, and Julia Tilley. Male models included Dodie Chavez, Takeo Ichimura, Andrew Kauders, Ralph Nappi, and Dr. Howard Snyder.
Generous donations from individuals, businesses, and groups in the community provided a staggering variety of live and silent auction items ranging from jewels to bird baths, a weekend get-away at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, a shearling jacket, a tour of the U.S. Capitol, a weeklong stay at a villa in Tortola and much more. The bids came in quickly at the urging of emcee Betty Osburn of WRAR in Tappahannock and were no doubt sparked by the warmth of Diane Brann’s heartfelt musical challenge to remember “The more we give, the more comes to us.”
Bonnie Baum, Fashion Show Committee Chair, led committee members Stacey Carden Chavez, Sue Farmar, Ronnie Gerster, Faith Kauders, Lesa Knight, Joni Lawler, Julia Middleton, Bonnie Morris, Pat Pugh, and Janice Wooley in producing a successful and enjoyable event for all who attended. During the event, an army of volunteers including committee members’ husbands, RHS Beta Club members, Troop 203 Boy Scouts and students from St. Margaret’s kept everything moving.
The Haven’s Board of Directors and staff greatly appreciate the tremendous effort and attention to detail that brought this event together. This year’s budget includes state and federal grants which cover about 50% of the costs of providing services to victims of domestic and sexual abuse. The remaining 50% must come from donations, foundation grants, and fund-raising events like this fashion show. For more information about the services provided or ways that you can help, please call (804) 333-1099. The Haven’s 24-hour, toll-free hotline number is 1-800-224-2836 or 1-800-22HAVEN.