The Hospice of the Calumet Area (HCA) demonstrated that anyone can be styled for the seasons in posh boutique fashion with their annual Friends and Fashion Style Show and Luncheon on Sunday.
With the help of Bangles Boutique, Piper Children’s Boutique, and Vanis Salon & Day Spa, HCA volunteers, staff, and children showed off the latest in boutique styles while raising funds to fulfill their mission of “cherishing life.” The event also featured a wine and cheese reception, boutique shopping, live music by Angelo Cicco, and was hosted by local emmcee Arthur Stark.
“I think that this is a nice, free-spirited event that highlights a lot of our staff,” said Adrianne May, Executive Director of the HCA. “All of our models are staff members, volunteers, or people closely associated with the organization. And we usually do it in February, so it’s a nice break from the winter weather.”
The afternoon of fun and fashion showcased just how huge and tightly knit the hospice’s community of supporters is. From staff members, volunteers, to the almost two dozen vendors that came out to support the event, everyone had a story to share about their support for the HCA.
“It’s very inspiring to see all these supporters, volunteers, and sponsors come together for Friends and Fashion,” said the HCA’s Community Relations and Marketing Director, Damian Rico. “To see everyone celebrating what we do and cherishing life is pretty awesome. It’s awesome that everyone rallies together.”
Vanis Salon & Day Spa, a local chain, did the hair and makeup for all the fashion models. It is their second year coming out to support the event, and they could not be more proud to help HCA fulfill its mission to cherish life.
“Chris Valavanis, our owner, is very involved with charity around Northwest Indiana,” said Olga Pellegrino, Director of Operations at Vanis. “Hospice is very close to our hearts, both his parents and my father were in hospice. I love this event, and charity work is great no matter what.”
A number of the models, and many in attendance were members of the HCA’s fundraising arm, Friends of Hospice. It is a dedicated group of women and men committed to ensuring the HCA can continue offering compassionate care to all patients regardless of their ability to pay. The organizations current president, Candice Logue, announced that over years they have raised more than a million dollars, much to the excitement of the crowd.
“The important thing about events like this is to focus on the mission of what hospice is about,” said Logue. “It’s all about cherishing life and supporting families when it comes to the difficult time of losing a loved one. It’s taking the time to cherish a life in those last few days, weeks, or months.”
The models, all of whom support, work for, or are involved with the hospice in one way or another, loved the chance to have fun and help out the HCA in one walk down the runway.
“I love doing this, I look forward to it every year.” said Laura Mannion, one of the models and director of development for the Franciscan Alliance Foundation. “I wouldn’t miss it for the world. I love that the show involves people of all ages. It involves children and the therapy dogs, so it feels like one big happy family.”
To learn more about the Hospice of the Calumet Area, please visit hospicecalumet.org.
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