Fashion show for Relay slated for April 2

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By Natasha LaFayette


Fashion will be on display at the LaFollette Middle School fashion show next weekend. The evening will be filled with food, fun and fashion as designs from the Silk Purse clothing store in Knoxville are modeled and available for purchase. In addition to food and fun, door prizes and a silent auction will be available at the April 2 event.

Judy Gardner, of the Silk Purse, will be sharing her expertise on the latest fashions at the event. 

Gardner's assistants as well as participants of the middle school Relay for Life team will model several items for those that attend. Students, school staff and community members will be modeling the clothing fit for almost any age group.

"It will be so much fun, and I sure can't think of a better cause," said fashion show coordinator Kim Leach. "All of our lives in some way have been touched by this horrible disease and we are trying our best to help do something about it."

Anna Lillian Brown, Leach’s mother, died from cancer over a year ago. The experience, which Leach explains as a great loss, has motivated her to help find a cure for the disease, she said.

The fashion show is a fun way to raise money for an organization that helps victims and families who are stricken with cancer, said Leach.

Gardner is known for her weekly appearance on WBIR Channel 10 in Knoxville for her show entitled Fashion Smart. Gardner shares her stylish ideas about decorating, entertaining and crafting on the television show.

“The goal at The Silk Purse is to help every woman find and enhance her personal style, as well as experience the delight of creating a fashionable and unique wardrobe,” said Leach.

The fashion show will have prize drawings, items for purchase and a silent auction.

Leach said door prizes include many gift certificates, gift baskets, a designer purse and much more.

Refreshments will be served after the show and clothing and jewelry will be for sale.

Advanced ticket sales are $5. Tickets can be purchased during school hours at the front office of LaFollette Middle School or the night of the event.

Many staff members, students and parents will also be selling tickets until the event. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the night of the event.

Opened over 15 years ago, The Silk Purse offers clothes and accessories for women without spending too much money, said Leach.

All proceeds from the event, which will start at 7 p.m., will go to benefit the American Cancer Society.