On the catwalk

Community ‘swings’ into spring at Hearing and Speech fashion luncheon

It seems that fashion, modeling and the coming of spring create a universal desire to get out of the house. At least that is true judging from the crowd of folks who filled RT Lodge on Tuesday, March 23, for the Hearing and Speech Foundation “Swing Into Spring” fashion show and luncheon.

“We thought it was a fantastic event. Perhaps out best fashion show yet!” said Amanda Womac, executive director of the Hearing and Speech Foundation.

John Berry, co-founder of the non-profit foundation that provides hearing aids and services to the indigent and underserved, agreed. “The show was basically a tremendous success,” he said.

This year the fashion show was held at the RT Lodge with a dual format. Luncheon was served inside while a runway was set up outside underneath a tent on the lawn. There, models were able to walk the catwalk, giving guests a great view of the fashions. Abby Ham, anchor for WBIR-TV, emceed the event for the Foundation.

“Abby did a fantastic job,” said Womac. “She brought an element of fun to the fashion show that folks really enjoyed. We keep hearing nothing but positive things.”

John Berry spoke during the lunch, giving the attendees some food for thought as well as facts about the Hearing and Speech Foundation.

“I told them the story of the forming of the foundation,” said Berry. “I basically showed them how far it has come and explained what it was all about. We’ve worked with thousands of people over the years who wouldn’t have been helped without this organization.”

During the second half of the event, volunteers from the community showed off clothing from Boyd Thomas Clothing, Razberries and Elle Boutique.

“The catwalk was fantastic. The models were very excited about it. It really gave the entire event a professional feel,” said Womac.

“Each clothing store offered eight outfits, with four models who had two changes each. The volunteer models were people who support the retailer and wanted to get involved,” explained Womac.

Both Berry and Womac agree that the event would not have taken off without the help of volunteers and board members. The tent and the runway were set up on the lawn of the RT Lodge, and board members, Lolita and Geof Kressin and Roma Renfro, did all the decorating.

Approximately $3,000 was raised at the event.

“Every table was sold, so, for all practical purposes, we were sold out,” said Womac.

“The show was really well attended. It was a beautiful setting and much bigger than in the past,” Berry added.

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