LMS to host second annual fashion show for Relay

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By Natasha LaFayette



A night out with fashion and food will benefit the American Cancer Society on April 2.

The event, hosted by LaFollette Middle School, will feature fashionable designs from the Silk Purse clothing store in Knoxville, as well as door prizes and a silent auction.

Judy Gardner, who owns the store, prides herself on knowing what the latest fashions are and will be sharing her expertise at the event. 

Gardner's assistants as well as participants of 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."

A personal experience brought Leach to be involved with the Relay event. 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 dreadful disease, she said.

"This year I have a greater purpose," said Leach.

To raise money for the American Cancer Society, the Relay for Life event rallies support among local businesses and organizations.

The final event will be held at the Campbell County High School in May.

"We have worked very hard on this project. I feel it is my way of giving back," said Leach in a previous interview. "People were so wonderful, loving and giving when my mother passed away."

The fashion show is a fun way to raise money for an organization that helps victims and families who are stricken by the horrible disease, 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 show next month 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.

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

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.

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