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Little Black Dress fashion show returns to Seneca Falls

The House of Concern is bringing back the very successful Traveling Little Black Dress Fashion Show. The inaugural event last year brought sellout crowds to the Gould Hotel to enjoy the spectacular event.The Second Annual Traveling Little Black Dress Fashion Show and Luncheon will be held this year on Friday, March 28th and Saturday, March 29th at 11:00 a.m. at the Gould Hotel in downtown Seneca Falls. This year’s theme is “The Traveling Little Black Dress…I’m Every Woman.”THE BIRTH OF THE “Must See Event of the Spring Season”The fashion show was “born” last year as the House of Concern Board of Directors sought new ways to fund the county food pantry. The pantry has existed for 45 years, and for most of that time the generosity of the county businesses, churches, organizations and individuals has been enough to keep the pantry shelves full of nutritious food for their clients. However, the number of families seeking food assistance exploded in the last two years and the Directors became concerned they were on the verge of no longer being able to meet the needs of this growing food insecure population. Putting their heads together, the Board came up with a list of possible fundraisers they thought might help keep the shelves full.One of the most promising ideas came from Board member Sharon Hoatland, Sales and Marketing Manager at the Gould Hotel. Ms. Hoatland is very concerned about feeding the hungry.Her work in Florida, prior to moving to the Finger Lakes, included doing fashion shows for Saks Fifth Avenue, and creating events for non-profits and schools. As a result, she created The Traveling Little Black Dress Fashion Show. These experiences helped her develop a “New York City style” event for the fund-raiser, built around the traveling Little Black Dress concept.Local men, women and children will take the role of runway models for the show. “It is always fun to see people that you know walking the runway. They will model clothing and jewelry from local boutiques and artisans. We have selected a wonderful musical playlist expressly for this year’s show,” Hoatland said.The music will be supplied by DJ Ken Paradise who will also be promoting the event on his radio show (101.7FM).The day of the event begins with a silent auction of themed baskets, donated by local businesses. There will also be clothing and jewelry available for purchase, Guests will have the opportunity to buy a chance to win a “little black dress.”At 11:30 the ballroom doors will open, and guests will be seated and the show begins. “As the Gould servers quietly place your meals before you, you’ll be delighted by the fashions and models on the runway and the spirited music. Several of our guests last year said they felt like they were in New York City, because the show was so professional,” commented Committee Chair Terri Ferguson. “Come enjoy the beauty of the hotel and relax while we entertain you.”The Gould Hotel will be providing a delicious meal. There will be two entrée choices to choose from with a specially concocted “TLBD-tini”. Last year the guests were treated to a surprise dessert that the chef prepared in the shape of a spike-heeled shoe,and they promise to come up with a new special creation for this Spring’s event.”The show would not be possible without the generosity of many. We are especially grateful to Sharon for donating her time and talent for the event and to The Gould Hotel for once again donating their grand ballroom for the show and for providing such delicious lunch choices,” says Committee member Sharon Snover, who is busy soliciting items to be raffled off at the LBD’s Chinese-style auction.The DJ is donating his time and talent. The Finger Lakes Times, FingerLakes1.com, Finger Lakes Radio Group, Finger Lakes Women Magazine and Seneca Daily News are donating advertising for the event, and many local businesses are sponsoring the show. Area shops and artists will donate the clothing and jewelry for our models to wear.Fingerlakes1.com will also be live webcasting the fashion show on FingerLakes1.TV and YouTube.The ten members of the Fashion Show Committee (all volunteers) have been working for four months to make this year’s show special.WANT TO GET A PEEK PREVIEW OF THE SHOW?Members of the committee and some of the models will be presenting a mini-fashion show on the “Bridge Street” television show on Channel 9 (WSYR) out of Syracuse, on March 19th at 10:00 a.m.Watch last year’s live webcast at FingerLakes1.TV.TICKETS AVAILABLETickets are available for $35.00 at all three House of Concern locations:*New Beginnings Thrift Store 35 State St., Seneca Falls*The Main HOC Office 33 State St., Seneca Falls (Both are across the street from the U.S. Post Office)*New Beginnings Boutique*Consignment Shop*99a Fall Street (next door to Women Made Products)TICKETS MAY ALSO BE PURCHASED ONLINEwww. houseofconcern.org, where you can pay via Credit card on our secure Paypal site.Executive Director Diane Draheim says, “We at the House of Concern are very excited about The Traveling Little Black Dress… I’m Every Woman. We encourage you to invite your friends and neighbors and join us for the fun. Remember, when you support this fundraiser for the House of Concern, you are helping to feed the hungry in Seneca County!”

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