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Fashion show benefits shelter

Mineville VFW hosts event

The Fashion for Passion show, a benefit to support the North Country SPCA, featured models, from left, Whitney Salerno, Mike Mero, Natasha Pratt, Trevor Cheney, Cassie Lapier, Zack Beeman, Sara Rancour and Tristan Shappy.

The Fashion for Passion show, a benefit to support the North Country SPCA, featured models, from left, Whitney Salerno, Mike Mero, Natasha Pratt, Trevor Cheney, Cassie Lapier, Zack Beeman, Sara Rancour and Tristan Shappy.

— The fourth annual Fashion for Passion show, a benefit to support the North Country SPCA, was held recently at the VFW in Mineville.

More than 225 people and 45 models attended the sold-out show, “Winter Wonderland.”

Local high school and elementary students along with local business owners and NCSPCA board members took to the runway to raise money for the shelter in Westport.

Richie Stockwell, 17, said, “It was fun to wear a white tuxedo and escort the girls down the runway—plus we were helping the shelter.”

The models wore the latest in prom and wedding dresses. Fashions were provided by Port Henry’s Fashion Corner Bridal Boutique. Charmaine Lafountain made dresses for all the youngest models.

Natalie Clark, owner of the Fashion Corner, was excited to have her granddaughter Heidi Clark model Princess Kate’s royal wedding dress and replicas of the royal crown and earrings.

Many local businesses and individuals donated items for prizes. Hotel weekend getaways, hand-painted Christmas ornaments, AAA memberships, golf packages and decoratively crafted items were among the more than 75 prizes.

CK Coin from the Big Station, WOKO 98.9 was master of ceremonies.

The event surpassed last year’s total, raising nearly $8,000.

Committee members are Ronnie Cunningham, Bonnie Cutting, Linell Decker, Lynn Donahue, Jane Melick, Sue Nephew, Jill Shpur and Jean Vosburg. They’re already busy planning next year’s event, which will be held the first Sunday in November 2012.

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