Hospice Thrift Store fashion show set for May 6

By: Krissi Khokhobashvili, Journal Features Editor
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Local celebrities and volunteers will hit the runway May 6 for the fourth annual Sutter Auburn Faith Hospice Thrift Store fashion show.

“Scenes of Spring” will feature 20 models decked out in the thrift store’s finest selections. The event at Winchester Country Club includes a luncheon and raffle. It is emceed by “Good Day Sacramento” anchor Marianne McClary, who volunteers for the event every year.

Thrift store coordinator Kim Chase said that in addition to being a fundraiser for hospice, the fashion show is a good promotional tool for the store and its quality clothing.

“People are very generous with us,” she said. “We get a lot of name brands.”

Fashion show coordinator and store volunteer Darlene Holback said that throughout the year she sets aside items for the fashion show, and the models come try them on and choose what they’ll wear.

“She has the eye for picking out wonderful stuff,” said Monta Thomasson, who will model in the year’s show. Other models include Mike Holmes, Jeannette Yenka of the Chamber of Commerce and an array of other familiar faces volunteering their time for the cause.

Hospice staff and volunteers provide care for terminally ill patients and their families at home or in a home-like setting, with an emphasis of pain control, symptom management and emotional support. Cost is covered by Medicare, Medi-Cal, insurance and long-term care policies, but hospice services are not based upon ability to pay, which is where fundraising events like the fashion show come in.

But the fun doesn’t stop at fashion. The event will include door prizes from local businesses, including a gift basket from Eisley’s Nursery, and many businesses have donated to the raffle. J. Randall Smith created a painting for the event, and PlacerGROWN has a gift basket that includes the “Placer County Real Food” and new “The Art of Real Food” cookbooks. Other items come from Nicholson Blown Glass, Ropers Jewelers and area restaurants, among others.

“Local businesses have been more than willing to give, because of it going to hospice,” said Marin Smith, merchandise assistant. “It seems like everybody had a personal experience, and if they do, there’s no question in regard to donations. Even in this economy, they’ve been very giving.”

At the show, the models – including two children – circulate through the tables to showcase their outfits.

“The clothes are all for sale during and following the luncheon and fashion show,” Holback said, “and there are additional clothes that we bring from the thrift store that are also available for sale.”

“We try to do the spring thing – not a lot of wintery clothes,” Chase added.

To check out the clothes selection for yourself, visit the thrift store between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

“They do such a good job of organizing,” Thomasson said. “It’s very clean and everything is very systematic. It’s very nice – it’s fun to come down here and peruse.”

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‘Scenes of Spring’

What: Fashion show, luncheon and raffle benefiting Sutter Auburn Faith Hospice. Raffle tickets on sale now.

When: 1 p.m. Sunday, May 6

Where: Winchester Country Club, Meadow Vista

Cost: $30 (reservations required)

Tickets and info: (530) 887-0561