19th Annual Women Helping Women Luncheon and Fashion Show

The 19th annual Women Helping Women Fashion Show and Luncheon was a whirlwind of fun and excitement and as the event chair, I have a lot to share about this amazing event.

This year the WHW event was held at The Royal Park Hotel on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The event was held from 10-2 and featured a silent auction, a tasty lunch provided by the Royal Park Hotel, beautiful linens, centerpieces by Emerald City Designs, models from RGA Model Management, a room filled with beautiful, supportive women and impressive runway designs that left the stylish crowd in awe. Why did we work so hard on the event this year? Let me tell you…….

The WHW Luncheon and Fashion Show supports the women’s programs at Grace Centers of Hope. The staff at the Grace Centers of Hope shelter guides, teaches and supports women of addiction and abuse. The center provides a safe living and educational community with guidance in rehabilitation, sobriety, accountability, life skills classes, faith, social, physical and mental strength, education and counseling. Not to mention childcare and living support for both the women in the program and their children. The women’s programs truly benefit from this charitable event and I am very honored to be the event chair. It means so much to our community to keep these programs running. Here’s a more detailed list of services provided in the Grace Center’s of Hope Life Skills Program:

Daily Meals
Clothing
Personal Hygiene
Individual Counseling
Group Counseling
Church Service
Bible Study

Mentorship
Work Therapy
Access to Education and Career Center
Financial Planning
Hands of Hope Childcare Center

To make sure this event was a successful one, I am very pleased to share, we put a fun, local twist on the fashion show. Year after year, we have great clothing from local stores, malls and boutiques but I couldn’t help but think, something has been missing all these years. We needed a fresh look, a new start and a show that was more memorable than the last. As mentioned above, the luncheon benefits the women’s programs at Grace Centers of Hope, one of the largest homeless and rehabilitation centers in southeast Michigan. On that note, the show needed to be spectacular for Grace’s women. The women from the shelter chosen to walk the runway and the women who are making a difference in their lives day after day at Grace Centers. It’s also for the women currently struggling who hope to find a place in the program in their near future. This is for them. For our community of women who need us.

Our fashion show consisted of professional models from RGA Model Management and 6 hand selected Grace Center’s of Hope ladies currently undergoing support and treatment in the program. We also included 5 children from Grace Center’s who have mother’s in the program as well.

The Michigan designers highlighted during our event this year were Cynthia LaMaide, Bonnie Foley of Christiane LaRue and wedding dress designer Katerina Bocci. All Michigan designers who hand-make their designs right here in Michigan.  Among the Michigan designs, we also had looks from Halston Heritage, L.K. Bennett, Max Mara and Lilly Pulitzer from Somerset Collecton.  The children’s clothing were provided by Carson’s of The Village of Rochester Hills.

 

Looks by Michigan designer and fiber artist Cynthia LaMaide:

 

Looks by Bonnie Foley via Christiane LaRue:

 

 

Looks By Katerina Bocci

 

Looks by L.K.Bennett London, Max Mara and Halston Heritage and Carson’s:

Overall, it was a wonderful afternoon and I already can’t wait until next year. I am eager to bring more Michigan greatness to the runway for Grace Center’s and I promise I will not let you all down.  It will be fabulous, I promise!

Expect to hear more about next year’s Women Helping Women Luncheon and Fashion Show on the Grace Center’s of Hope website, the Women Helping Women Facebook Page and on twitter @ShannonLazovski @GlamorousMoms and @DetFashionNews.  My brands and I are dedicated through and through to make sure the event is even bigger and better year after year.  I’d like to thank all who attended and appreciate you supporting the women’s program and the women in our community that need your love and support. This event would not have been successful without all of you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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