Last Friday I was scrolling through Facebook out of sheer boredom when I happened to find this event happening that night. So I begged my mom to come with me (since it seemed right up her alley), and bought two tickets.
This event started last year as an effort to raise money for heart disease, breast cancer, and diabetes. The official beneficiaries were the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the American Heart Association, and the Pink Ribbon Girls. It was supposed to be outside on the Purple People Bridge, but sadly, it was rained out and had to move inside Newport in Kentucky. There are various kinds of vendors selling all kinds of products such as clothes, makeup, and even barbecue sauce! Before the fashion show at the end of the night, one person that has survived each affliction comes up to the stage to be honored with flowers and have their story told. The dress code was to wear red, pink, blue or all three.
In addition to some of the proceeds from the vendors going to the cause, the event also had a Chinese auction. This kind of auction is a bit more fun since they have all the prizes lined up, and you get to pick which prize and how many tickets to put instead of being limited to just one. Many of the prizes were also donated by some of the vendors, like Victory Wellness & Medspa.
There were a wide variety of products to buy, which made it a lot of fun to wander for a few hours before the fashion show. Below is a list of all the vendors and what products they were selling.
Clothing: Kandid Boutique, LeiMarie Limited, LuLaRoe, Retrofittings
Makeup: Senegence (Lipsense), Mary Kay
Skincare: Rodan + Fields
Jewelry: Stella & Dot
Personal Care Products: Earthganic Elements
Essential Oils: DoTerra
Photography: Jennifer Blades
Food: BubbaRub LLC
Relationship Enhancing Products: Pure Romance
Health: St. Elizabeth Healthcare, JDRF, AHA, Queen Bee Half Marathon
Other: Champion Windows, PRG
As you can see, they had just about every category of products except for furniture. One of the cool parts about this event is that they found vendors that are only located locally or don’t have an actual store. Many of the clothing stands only have a Facebook page and travel around to sell, which just makes it more exciting to find them! While some vendors definitely struck my fancy more than others, there’s definitely a little something for everyone.
The Fashion Show
Now for the really exciting part! The fashion show was sponsored by Frameri, who also provided the glasses worn. The stylist was Jennifer Blades Personal Stylist, models were provided by Heyman Talent, and the clothes were provided by Kandid Boutique. It was a quick show, but the clothes were cute and the models were strutting their stuff! The Chinese auction was drawn a little while after the show ended, so this was the last chance to buy a couple more tickets.
Overall, this was a great night out to just unwind a little and enjoy myself. After all, what can go wrong when you’re in a place with clothes, a bar, and a bit of a show?
If you would like to donate to any of the three beneficiaries, go to their websites: