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ESTEEM co-chairs Morgan Moore and Melissa Rountree

Please join co-chairs Melissa Rountree and her daughter Morgan Moore, with honorary chair Lynn McBee, to the 7th annual ESTEEM Fashion Show benefiting The Elisa Project (TEP) on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Tootsies, 8300 Preston Center Plaza in Dallas.  Tickets are on sale starting today, www.theelisaproject.org.

ESTEEM is a celebration of body image and self-esteem.  In its 7th year, ESTEEM founder and show coordinator, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, along with fashion sponsor Tootsies, will highlight all of the 2016 fall trends, while local celebrities and notables will join girls, women and men of all ages and sizes to embrace healthy, balanced lifestyles and self-acceptance.  By helping to increase awareness about eating disorders and the importance of positive body image, ESTEEM encourages people to love themselves while striving to be healthy.  Proceeds support The Elisa Project (TEP) and the important programs dedicated to fighting eating disorder illnesses through awareness, education, support and advocacy.

“It’s a thrill to host ESTEEM with my daughter Morgan, benefiting The Elisa Project.  The event provides an opportunity to appreciate that beauty, health and strength come in all sizes and ages.  We hope to spread a message that being generous and loving, can improve inner confidence and respect for oneself,” remarked Ms. Rountree.

Honorary chair Lynn McBee, long-standing community volunteer and CEO of the Young Women’s Prepatory Network, added, “Maintaining a healthy body image is a challenge in today's world.  We are constantly surrounded by images and ads of those the media deems to have ‘perfect’ bodies. By helping increase awareness about eating disorders and the importance of positive body image, we can encourage people to love, honor and respect their bodies while striving to be healthy.” 

ESTEEM will begin at 10:00 a.m. with raffle ticket sales, featuring prizes such as designer Elizabeth Showers jewelry, a gift card from Tootsies and more. Raffle tickets are $10 each or 6 for $50.  At 10:30, partygoers will enjoy a “Mimosas & Munchies” reception before taking their seats for the celebrity fashion show.

WFAA-TV’s Gloria Campos will serve as emcee as local celebrities and notables walk the runway in fall fashions from Tootsies.  Chosen for their support of The Elisa Project and for serving as mentors by giving back to the community and to those with eating disorders, this year’s models include: jewelry designer Amanda Sterett Albritton with daughters Anna and Olivia; Emmy-award winning journalist and WFAA-TV anchor Shelly Slater; organic lifestyle and healthy living expert Holly Pellham Davis with daughter Landry; Designing Texas host and producer Jocelyn White; award-winning broadcast journalist Scott Murray; philanthropist Janet Dorsett, wife of Dallas Cowboy Tony Dorsett; fashion stylist and blogger Dawn Mellon; sportscaster and TV host Gina Miller; lifestyle management consultant Jackson; community volunteer Yvonne Crum with granddaughter Samantha; model and hair stylist Gary Walden; Dawn Neufeld, reigning Mrs. Frisco, model and on-air host, with daughter Bryn; style expert and blogger Hilary Kennedy; model Pam Skaggs Frank and daughter Bridget; and Sawyer Collection founders Kim Bannister and Sawyer Bannister.

Tickets are $75 each for VIP seating or $20 each for student/standing. Tickets will go on sale on July 1, 2016.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.theelisaproject.org or dial 214.369.5222.

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