Event to raise money for Suffolk Humane

Published 12:26 pm Thursday, April 1, 2010

A fashion show, silent auction and refreshments may seem like an unusual way to raise funds for the Suffolk Humane Society, but anything that brings in money to help animals will work.

“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Kay Hurley, a volunteer for the Suffolk Humane Society. “It’s a great way to spend a Thursday night.”

The Suffolk Humane Society’s spring fashion show and silent auction will be held April 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the First Lady, 447 W. Washington St.

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A fashion consultant representing Carol Anderson by Invitation, a major Los Angeles-based designer, will show the company’s latest spring and summer fashions on the runway at the First Lady. Local models of all ages will display the clothing.

In addition, the silent auction will feature jewelry, a Miche handbag, spa and restaurant gift certificates, books and CDs, autographed celebrity photos, a photo session, a dinner for two at the winner’s home prepared by Michael Middleton, former soux chef of the Cobalt Grill in Virginia Beach, and an in-home consultation by feng shui consultant Bonnie Primm.

“She’s very well-known even outside this area,” Hurley said of Primm.

The event will feature refreshments. The Suffolk Humane Society will receive a portion of the proceeds of each garment sold the night of the event, as well as all proceeds form the silent auction.

The event will be hosted at the First Lady, a renovated historical home that has been made into a special-events venue.

“The First Lady, of course, is gorgeous,” Hurley said. “For people who haven’t been there before, this will be a great way to check that out.”

Those sponsoring the event include Kathy Bass, Just for the Health of It Massage Therapy and Bodyworks; Matt Flauter, Guardian Life; Andrea Langley, Aflac; Rebecca Keeling, Rebecca Keeling Studios; Mickey Boyette and Jen Seebo, The First Lady of Suffolk; Lindsey Corter, LBC Jewelry Designs; and Vicki Russo, CAbi Fashions.

Admission to the event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required because of space limitations.

To reserve your space, call 538-3030, option 3.