Despite rescheduling, Compassion with Fashion a success

03/12/2014 10:38 AM

03/12/2014 10:39 AM

After a month’s delay because of icy weather in February, United Way’s third annual Compassion with Fashion show Friday successfully drew a crowd to the fundraising meal despite the rescheduling.

“I was thrilled with the attendance,” United Way Executive Director Oleta Parker said of the event. “We weren’t sure, moving the date, how it was going to go.”

But the dinner and show actually drew more attendees in March than they would have back in February as open tables at Central Christian Church were filled over the extra month.

The fundraiser was held to support organizations in Parker County such as Center of Hope, Red Cross of Parker County, Freedom House, CPS and the Parker County Committee on Aging, among others. Both members and leaders of the community and the ladies named 2012 and 2013 Ms. Senior Parker County came to support those organizations.

“United Way is dedicated to the health and wellness of, and caring for, the population of Parker County,” Parker said, thanking each attendee and pointing out that their very presence is a contribution.

United Way used $205,000 in 2013 to help children, seniors and others in need throughout that year, and Parker says they look forward to using raised funds to continue serve the community.

Attendees not only got a meal provided by Fish Creek and Sundance Club, but also got to bid on items such as purses, wreaths, craft items and other objects in a silent auction.

Those who came also got to get a glimpse of spring and summer fashions as local businesses including Belk, Kaleidoscope, Lazy J. Ranch Wear, Retrospection and Truly Trendy put their fashions on display as both male and female models of all ages provided a fashion show.

“Our models were beautiful,” Parker said. “The merchants did an awesome job of the presentation of their outfits.”

United Way’s next fundraiser, the Ride United bike ride, will be held the third Saturday in September. Because of the success of the schedule change, the Compassion for Fashion will be held in March once again in 2015. Despite being several months away, Parker says those interested in participating in either fundraiser can already do so.

Parker also encourages those looking for somewhere to volunteer to consider serving with United Way.

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