The 2018 Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show & Luncheon chair Lisa Singleton, along with Honorary Chair Michal Powell, welcomed more than 50 of the luncheon supporters to a reception held in their honor on Monday, April 9 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the home of Margaret and Barry Hancock.
Upon arrival, guests mingled as they enjoyed light refreshments. At the appointed time, Singleton gathered the crowd to thank all in attendance including presenting sponsor Anne Davidson, and the many other sponsors and supporters of this year’s Fashion Show & Luncheon which takes place on Wednesday, May 9. She also recognized two extraordinary women who will be honored this year for their exemplary service and dedication to the work of The Salvation Army: Michal Powell, 2018 honorary chair, and Jan Pickens, recipient of the 2018 Margot Perot Service Award. Additionally, she recognized Margot Perot for her vision in founding the Women’s Auxiliary and for her continued support and involvement with the organization.
She then extended her gratitude to the Auxiliary volunteers, who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the success of the Fashion Show & Luncheonas well as the WEARhouse Sale, which takes place following the luncheon and also raises important funds for The Salvation Army’s programs.
Major Barbara Rich, DFW Metroplex Commander for The Salvation Army, followed to add her thanks to the many individuals involved in the success of this year’s fundraiser, which supports the important programs provided by The Salvation Army addressing poverty, homelessness and addiction, as well as offering after school programming and summer day camp programs. She shared a recent example of their work in the Fort Worth community where they were asked by the Mayor of Fort Worth to help find shelter for 12 homeless families with children. They were not only able to provide shelter, but also additional resources to ensure the families have food, clothing and more.
In closing Singleton thanked the evening’s hosts, Margaret and Barry Hancock, and reminded everyone of the upcoming Women’s Auxiliary 2018 Fashion Show & Luncheonwhich will be held on May 9, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, located at 2300 Flora Street in the Dallas Arts District.
Event highlights will include an opening reception, silent auction, a first view of the runway collection and shopping in the Chic Boutique, where gently worn or never worn designer clothing and accessories donated by some of North Texas’ best dressed and finest retailers are available for sale. Attendees will enjoy a runway fashion show styled and produced by Jan Strimple Productions, featuring donated and new couture clothing which can be bid on following the show. Afterwards, patrons will enjoy a seated lunch and final bidding on silent and runway auction items.
The shopping will continue May 11-12 at the annual WEARhouse Sale, which is open to the public and includes both new and donated items at deep discounts. The sale is held annually at The Salvation Army’s Christmas and Disaster Center located at 9216 Harry Hines in Dallas. Hours are 10:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. on May 11 and 10:00 until 3:00 p.m. on May 12.
Since its inception in 1993, The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show & Luncheonhas raised over $ 9.5 million to support services provided at 13 local Salvation Army centers.
About The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary:
The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary in Dallas is the local expression of a world-wide movement that seeks spiritual redemption and social rehabilitation of those it serves. It functions as a fundraising and volunteer service group, and have many projects and programs that can satisfy an eagerness to volunteer.
Volunteer activities abound in the Auxiliary. Every year, they fill backpacks with school supplies and Santa sacks with gifts and essentials at Christmas. There is plenty of work to do at the Angel Tree and Kettles at NorthPark, and distribute Angel Tree gifts at The Salvation Army Christmas and Disaster Center. For those who are into fashion, sorting and pricing donated couture clothing for the annual Fashion Show & Luncheon is great fun (as is attending the Fashion Show!) and working at the WEARhouse Sale after the show.
The ladies of the Women’s Auxiliary have a good time, work hard, and live by the vision of "Doing the Most Good."
About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army is a worldwide Christian organization that in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex provides more than 70 different programs and services to help make life better for individuals and families. Services include: substance abuse treatment, homeless shelters, life-skills classes, non-perishable food, Christmas gifts for children, a domestic violence shelter, emergency financial assistance, after-school programs, summer day camps, computer training, senior citizens services, and low-cost youth sports activities.
The Salvation Army’s religious and social service activities serve millions of men, women and children in more than 130 nations around the world. Volunteers, contributors, and other supporters make the services possible in local communities across the country. For more information, go to salvationarmydfw.org.