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Fashion to provide money for Dreams

KINGSTON — High fashion, a little glitz and high heels will be rolling in the dough to help brighten a few children’s day this Sunday afternoon. Lucky Star Consignment Clothing will host its second annual Kitsap Style Fashion Show May 20, and all the ticket sales will go to the Kitsap Foster Care Association Dream Project.

This year, the fund-raising effort is being boosted by several local businesses joining the styling frenzy and a silent auction offering fashion conscious, or not so fashion conscious, residents some pampering, said organizer and Lucky Star owner Stacy Patrick.

“We’re basically adding to the really great event we had last year,” she said.

The concept all started in 2006 when Patrick, Sally Heacock, who is a foster parent, and Susan Rodgers decided it would be a fun venture to undertake. They selected the Dream Project because they wanted to raise awareness and money for foster children, and the idea grew from there — rather like a 6 foot model.

The Dream Project allows for foster children to be granted little wishes they may be hoping for but can’t afford, such as summer camp tuition, new clothes, lessons of any kind or a new bike.

Social workers or foster parents can make the request for the child, and can receive up to $75.

“Just talking with (foster parents), you realize they are really limited in what they can and can’t do,” Patrick said. “They are spread really thin, and this is perfect to get people to understand what’s going on and how they can help.”

Jennifer English, who works with Patrick regularly doing alterations, went out into the community to let businesses know just how they could help. Many donated money to help the cause, a change from last year that will allow more to be given to the cause.

“I think it’s been good the first time around,” she said. “Next year, it will be even better because people will have an idea of what’s going on. I wanted to really get business owners involved, it’s easy to just write a check.”

Strutting in this year’s hottest fashions will be a wide range of models, including several business owners from local stores. Virginia Barnhill and her two youngest daughters will participate, and after the fun she had last year, Barnhill said she can’t wait to do it again.

“It’s going to be a lot of the same models from last year,” she said. “We had a lot of fun last year. As we have more fun, we each become a little more open. I think this year will be even better because it will be a little more organized. There are going to be a lot of styles represented there.”

The looks will center around spring and summer, Patrick said, and presentation about the Dream Project will be worked onto the catwalk as well. There will also be refreshments provided by Mirracole Morsels and Puerta Vallarta, and plenty of fashion to drool over.

“It’s not about being a high fashion model, it’s about helping,” English said.

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