NEW PARIS — The American Cancer Society’s Survivor Style show may have changed locations this year, but roughly 90 people still showed up to raise funds for finding a cure.
Originally started as a breast cancer awareness event, now this event is geared toward those with any type of cancer.
The fashion show was held on Tuesday, Oct. 24, in National Trail Elementary Gymnasium.
The event opened with attendees and models alike being offered to eat the sweets provided. This allowed the models time to change into their first outfits.
Tiana White opened the event with her welcoming speech.
“We do this for several reasons. We do this to support and celebrate our cancer survivors, who are our models this year. Some of them have also modelled with us in the past. We always try to add some news models in, but we do have some who have been with us,” she said.
“Obviously, we do want to celebrate them still being with us. Unfortunately with cancer, we do have some that used to model with us that are no longer with us anymore. I wish that didn’t have to happen and that is exactly why we are here raising money. The Relay for Life supports the American Cancer Society and their research every year.
“Thanks to research we have more medicine and more procedures that are helping make lives longer and better. Our goal is to get to a point where we don’t need a Style Show anymore, because we have a cure and do not need it. Hopefully we can get there.”
Entertainment for the night was provided by Gene Webb, Taumi Callahan, and the “Pink Ladies.”
However, the main event for the night was the cancer survivors modeling both dress and casual clothing from Cato Fashions and Dance With Me.
Models included: Cathy Combs, Kathy Smallwood, Hailey Byrley, Katie Hollingsworth, Barb Hollar, Rosalie Doran, Marti Bergmann, Suzette Weadick, Rhonda Powell, Karen Chronister, Becky Gruber, Cheryll McKown, and Stacy Smith.
White said this event was as much about boosting the cancer survivors’ morale as it was about raising funds.
“The Style Show was started as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and to honor survivors. When it first started, we held it in October, because it was based around breast cancer survivors. For the past few years we’ve been incorporating all types of cancer,” White explained.
“All of the models are cancer survivors. A few of them are still undergoing treatments, but by American Cancer Society standards, once they’ve been diagnosed they are survivors. We are not going by the technical doctor definition of a survivor.”
She added, “The ladies always have so much fun going to the stores and trying on the clothing. Some of the survivors have told me that because of their treatments they don’t feel very good. This helps them feel pretty again and feel beautiful. They seem to have so much fun. I like that they get up there and they smile and they think they’re pretty. The survivors’ families seem to enjoy coming to support them.”
There were many individuals who helped make the Style Show successful.
“We appreciate National Trail allowing us to come and use their facility. I want to thank all the helpers who are here this evening,” White said.
She also extended a thank you to Corrin Gabbard and Briana White with Cato Fashions, Barb Cummins with Dance With Me, and Bonnie Hoff who helped with hair and make-up.
The following individuals and companies donated raffle prizes: Tonya McGriff with Body & Sole, Erin Crowe with Cakes to Crowe About, Today’s Harvest, Eaton Pizza Hut, Eaton Subway, Amy Schultz, Richmond Planet Fitness, Tonya Lee in memory of Andrea Brower Coffey, Eaton Place, Dance with Me, Jeanne Ott, Irene Clippinger, Sandy Smith, Dawn Hill and Renita Back with Color Me Crazy, Jeanna Vanwinkle, Your Flower Shop, and Karen Garrett with Shaklee.
The Relay for Life will be held on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19, 2018.
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