This is my second year attending this beautifully presented and super emotional event. You can see more about last year’s event here. This fashion show and luncheon benefit the Women’s programs at Grace Centers of Hope, one of the largest homeless and rehabilitation centers in southeast Michigan. The fashion show featured women in the program, alongside professional models, to showcase spring fashions and talented Michigan designers.
When fashion finds a higher purpose, by giving people hope and real help, it becomes more meaningful and heartwarming. I knew I would cry based on last year’s experience, but oh boy, I may have cried more than I planned. After losing my late husband, I feel like I understand others pain more easily. I felt my pain was really not a big deal after I heard about all of the tough times those women, and their loved ones, had to go through. Watch my FB live below to see why this event is so touching and powerful.
I am also so relieved to know that at least these women have a place to go if they decide to get help and get their life back again. The thing I like about the Women’s programs at Grace Centers of Hope, is they don’t just cut a check and give it to the woman or her family. Grace Centers of Hope allows addicted and abused individuals to live in a safe community with boundaries, accountability, life skills classes, and counseling. I really like the One Year Life Skills Program for all local women who need their life back. I am never a big fan of just donating money to those in need. I believe giving them the ability to be independent is the real salvation. Anyway, you can watch this 60 second video to see some highlights from this fashion show in action.
Below are some of my favorite looks from the show. The first part features all the women who have gone through this program and made big come backs in their lives. Those confident smiles just melt my heart.
Next you are going to see some professional models.
L.K.Bennett London & Derby Hats by Rachelle Willnus
Amy and my hat in the photo below are both from the same Michigan brand by Rachelle. I wore this same hat to this event last year and had received so many compliments!
You can see my FB live below for more L.K.Bennett London and Derby Hats by Rachelle Willnus.
Another super talented Michigan designer, Bonnie Metry Foley, at Christiane Larue
You probably already have seen the super dreamy wedding gowns. They are from another amazing Michigan designer, Katerina Bocci. Anyway, I have already talked to Grace Centers of Hope to see if there are more ways that I can be helpful. I hope you can make your way to their website and check them out.
Photo credit: Grace Liang
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