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Fashion show to raise awareness and funds for local charities

Show off your inner fashionista, encourage recycling and raise money for local charities at this fun community event. Hope Full Life Center's gently-used clothing program, Gracefully Chic Boutique, is hosting a fashion show on Saturday, April 18 at 11 a.m. at Abounding Love Christian Fellowship. The church is located in Faith plaza (Home of Shop N’ Save and CVS), Ravena.

Contestants Wanted

Win the title of “Best Dressed” at the fashion show by assembling a complete head-to-toe look from Gracefully Chic Boutique’s gently used clothing racks. Registered contestant can assemble their attire at the thrift store from Saturday, April 11 through Friday, April 17 during business hours. Men, women and kids are encouraged to participate. Interested contestants can register by visiting Gracefully Chic Boutique or here.

Fashion Show

Guests at the fashion show will vote with a dollar for their favorite contestants. All money raised during the voting process goes to each contestant’s favorite charity. Our panel of “celebrity” judges will also weigh in awarding prizes in various categories including most original, most complex construction, best walk and best charity presentation (that's right, contestants will be asked to tell the audience about the charity they are raising money for!). Complete details for the fashion show can be found here.

“The community supports Gracefully Chic Boutique with bag after bag of great donated clothing. From vintage pieces to formal wear we get it all. While the proceeds from store sales help us support our food assistance and international aid programs, we thought it would be fun to use the clothing to benefit other charities too,” said Rebecca Marion Flach, executive director of Hope Full Life Center, Inc., the parent charity of Gracefully Chic Boutique; Peace of Home, a gently-used home furnishings store; Helping Harvest, the food assistance program; and Cross Culture Market, the international aid program.

“We’re excited to show off all the great fashions we get at Gracefully Chic Boutique and how recycled clothing is a smart way to save money and our impact on the planet too,” said Gracefully Chic Boutique Store Manager Doreen Seltzer.

A community resource, funds raised at Gracefully Chic Boutique helps Hope Full Life Center buy food for our food assistance program, Helping Harvest, and cover other operating expenses. Open to the general public, the thrift store distributed more than 30,000 pieces of clothing in 2014 for typical donations of $1 to $5.

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