Fashion show raises funds for Relay for Life

The Ladysmith branch of the Canadian Cancer Society hosts its annual Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon May 26.

For the tenth year in a row, the Ladysmith branch of the Canadian Cancer Society is hosting an afternoon of food, fun, and a whole lot of fantastic prize giveaways to raise money for the annual Relay for Life.

The Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon takes place Sat., May 26 from noon to 3:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church Hall, and proceeds will help the Spirit of Ladysmith team reach its fundraising goal to participate in the 2012 Relay for Life June 8-9 in Nanaimo.

Last year’s fashion show and luncheon raised $5,432.

“There’s such a local influence, which is really good,” said Jillian Easterbrook, one of the event organizers. “This year, we have over 150 Ladysmith and area merchants, which is absolutely wonderful.”

Admission includes the luncheon, music by Rod Alsop and a three-act fashion show, which will include styles from Nancy’s of Ladysmith and Kinney’s of Chemainus. Escorting the eight lovely models down the runway will be John Goodman, Blair Windsor and Cory Wilson of the Ladysmith Fire Department.

“It’s a fun afternoon that you can share with your girlfriends enjoying fabulous fashions, delicious refreshments and have an opportunity to win one of our many fantastic prizes,” Easterbrook said.

Those prizes include nine themed gift baskets holding everything from wine to fitness certificates.

“The items in the gift baskets consist of such things as golfing at local courses, restaurant outings, harbour tours, overnight stays at B&Bs, jewellery, kayaking, performances at Ladysmith Little Theatre and Chemainus Theatre, spa esthetics and services and health food products,” said Easterbrook.

The total value of the nine themed baskets exceeds $2,900.

The “pièce de resistance” is the Experience Ladysmith mega gift basket, which is valued at more than $800.

Participants will have a chance to win these, and a few other stand-alone auction items by purchasing tickets and placing them in buckets in front of the items they are interested in.

Tickets for the mega gift basket are five for $10 or 12 for $20. Tickets for the themed baskets and stand-alone tickets will be five for $3 or seven for $10. There will also be a 50/50 draw and door prizes.

The afternoon will conclude with a special candlelight ceremony.

“It’s a moment of quiet to celebrate our survivors and remember, with love, the special people in our lives whom we have lost to cancer,” Easterbrook said.

Tickets for the spring fashion show and luncheon are $17 and are now available at Black Door Decor, Grant Jewellers, Nancy’s Fashions, Kinney’s in Chemainus and the Ladysmith Canadian Cancer Society office.  For more information, call 250-245-0671.

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