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It’s fashionable for women to help women in need

A Passion for Fashion will meet the desire to help women rebuilding their lives for a second time in a dinner and show in St. Jacobs March 26.

The event raises funds for Mosaic Counselling and Family Services’ relocation program for women, an initiative meant to help women moving out of violent homes find suitable furnishings for their new living situations.

While everyone associated with the program is a volunteer there are other expenses such as offsetting the cost of furnishings that donations do not cover, picking up furniture from donors, paying for movers and trucks and even buying mattresses.

La Crème’s Brittany Burgess holds up some of the store’s fashions that will be on display during the show. [elena maystruk / the observer]
La Crème’s Brittany Burgess holds up some of the store’s fashions that will be on display during the show. [elena maystruk / the observer]
“Beds are most important,” explained program volunteer Linda. Her last name, like founder Monique’s, is kept confidential for the safety of the volunteers and the women they help.

Since its beginning in 2007, the initiative has helped to relocate 208 women and 282 of their children; that’s 490 beds as well as various furniture and hosehold items.

Last year Passion For Fashion, organized by Lyfestyle Financial Inc. in Kitchener and La Crème in St. Jacobs, raised $5,000 for the program’s needs. This year they’re looking to up the take, said financial security advisor Nancy J. Koebel.

“We were just glad to be able to sell it out and do it in four months [last year]. With having the whole year now and one year behind us we’re really hoping to raise some additional money,” she said.

“Women helping women” is the concept behind this charitable endeavour, Koebel added.

“It’s something that La Crème and I came up with last year.”

The relocation program was founded by two women and its goal is helping women and their children. Likewise, both Lyfestyle Financial and La Crème are female-run businesses, thus making it a fitting slogan for fundraising efforts.

At the event, guests will enjoy a three-course dinner at Benjamin’s Restaurant in St. Jacobs and fashion show featuring clothing from La Crème. There will also be a silent auction and door prizes.

The cost per ticket, which includes dinner, show and shopping, are $75 per person and can be purchased through Darlene Hilborn of Lyfestyle Financial at 519-744-5433 or through La Crème at 519-664-3275.


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