Hockley resort holds second charity Fashion Show

April 30, 2014   ·   0 Comments

By Tabitha Wells – The Hockley Valley Resort held its second annual Charity Spring Fashion Show last Friday night in support of Family Transition Place in Orangeville.

About 265 people showed up for the event, which featured eight different lines from local clothing stores, including fashions from Off-Broadway Boutique and Credit Creek Clothing.

“It was a spectacular evening and it was well attended,” said Shannon Smith, the resort’s Director of Marketing. “We had a very upbeat, generous crowd and they had a great time for a great cause.”

While the resort isn’t in Orangeville proper, the owners feel a strong connection to the community and are active in supporting local community groups.

Along with hosting an annual golf tournament to which some of the proceeds support the local hospital, they host multiple functions throughout the year to raise money for Family Transition Place.

“Family Transition Place is an integral part of this community. It plays a critical role for women and children in need, and they often have a waiting list for people needing support,” said Ms. Smith. “It feels great to give them this much needed support.”

The evening consisted of a cocktail reception with canapés, a full three-course meal throughout the fashion show, silent auction an auction for a painting done by local artist Mark Grice, at the event. Mr. Grice spent the evening working on the painting out in the lobby of the event.

Attendees had the opportunity to watch him work as he recreated a classic 1961 British Vogue cover. The painting was auctioned off at $1850, with half the proceeds being donated by the artist to Family Transition Place.

This year, Hockley Valley Resort also provided a raffle which included donated prizes of a 2014 Full Golf Membership, a Season’s Ski Pass for a family of 4 and a day at the spa by the resort.

Overall, the evening was a huge success, exceeding the funds raised from last year’s event by nearly 50 percent, bringing in $7,506.50 in funds raised for Family Transition Place.

“We are really happy with the way everything unfolded, the stores had great fashions and energy, and the camaraderie and excitement from the crowd was incredible,” said Ms. Smith. “It’s a big event to pull together, but many hands make light work. We have stores already signed up again for next year’s event, and that’s encouraging.

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