Fashion, charity come together

Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, April 18, 2012

There’s no reason to go to New York to enjoy a fashion show, when there’s a runway just a hop and a skip away. And, the fashions on the runway are available in downtown shops and that makes the show all the better, said Renee Chandler, chair of P.E.O. Chapter AF’s 3rd Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon Fundraiser.

“The fashion show allows every day women, children and teenagers the opportunity to see how good they can look in good looking clothes,” Chandler said. “All of the clothes modeled in the show can be purchased locally at The Pink Parlor and First Impressions. And, both shops are giving a 25 percent discount to those who bring in the programs to the fashion show during the next week. The fashion show, lunch and a 25 percent discount at two fantastic shops are a great deal for $10.”

Chandler said that the P.E.O. Chapter AF’s 3rd Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon is an opportunity to support an organization that works to further educate women and provides scholarships for women and for local shops to showcase their fashions.

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The fashion show will be at 11:30 Saturday at the Park Memorial United Methodist Church Family Life Center. Admission is $10 and tickets are available at First Impressions and The Pink Parlor. A few tickets will be available at the door. All proceeds will go toward P.E.O. scholarships and projects to help further educate women.

On the runway for The Pink Parlor will be Nicky Hughes, Sage Outlaw, Jean Orendorff, Linda Faust, Ashley Stephens, Mary Holland Stephens and Riley Odom.

Modeling fashions for First Impressions will be Rhonda Hebert, K.T. Valkyrie, Taylor Spivey, Bennett Templeton, Reagan Hollis and Renee Chandler.

“Monies raised by all P.E.O. chapters across the country and a couple of Canadian provinces are directed to the P.E.O. national headquarters and, from there, educational grants, scholarships, loans, awards, special projects and Cottey College for women in Missouri are funded,” said Jean Orendorff, Chapter past president. “Cottey College is an independent, liberal arts and sciences women’s college in Nevada, Missouri.”

Cottey College’s unique combination of womens-only education, high academic standards, focus on leadership development, commitment to an international experience for every student and a motivated, high-energy community is at the heart of its success.

“For more than 126 years, the college has offered young women the opportunity to learn and grow into leaders, role models, and confident individuals,” Orendorff said. “While

local Chapters don’t award scholarships, they can sponsor students they find worthy and deserving of assistance. We are a relatively new chapter so we haven’t been active in pursuing financial assistance for women in our area until this year. We have a young woman for whom we are seriously seeking funding.”