Emerald City Fashion Show benefits Habitat

by Shannon Rae Gentry
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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Rhonda Bellamy models a dress at Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity’s annual fashion show fundraiser on April 27, 2011 at Carrabba’s Italian Grill. Left: Grace Root, escorted by Dennis Fish, models a wedding gown by A Carolina Wedding.

Fashionistas don’t have to travel somewhere over the rainbow to find the latest fashion trends this year, just to lunch. 

The Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity’s annual fashion show fundraiser next Wednesday, April 24 at Carrabba’s Italian Grill is inspired by “no place like home.”

The Emerald City Fashion Show reflects the classic theme from the movie “The Wizard of Oz,” based on L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” as well as the Pantone Color of the Year for 2013, emerald. But rest assured, there are no Tin Man or Scarecrow costumes to be donned on the catwalk, said Rachel LaCoe, development coordinator for CF Habitat for Humanity.

“[With the clothes] we’re going to see emerald, we’re going to see a play off of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and how it incorporates into our everyday fashion,” she said.

The show includes lunch for attendees, and offers men’s fashion from Bloke Men’s Apparel and entertainment by Jewell Events, as well as women’s apparel from the new fashion show partner Drift Mobile Boutique, which will be parked outside the event. 

Drift Mobile Boutique took the concept of a food truck and applied it to fashion in order to cater to private shopping parties, events and fundraisers like the Emerald City Fashion Show.

All featured clothing and accessories from Drift Mobile will be available to purchase with cash or credit, with prices ranging from $10 to $50. From the fashion show, 10 percent of proceeds will go to Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity to assist families in the purchase of a Habitat home. 

“These funds mean we get to build more houses,” LaCoe said.

As one of 76 Habitat affiliates in North Carolina, LaCoe said that Cape Fear Habitat has constructed and rehabilitated more than 145 homes throughout New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties.

“Our homes are purchased by families, with a zero interest mortgage and are very affordable for them,” she said. “We want to make sure they can afford these mortgages and set them up for success … it’s a hand-up, not a hand-out.

LaCoe also said that mortgage payments go back into funds to help build more homes, which provide families with stability within the community.

With only one seating this year at 12:30 p.m., reservations are required. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online or by calling 910-762-4744, ext. 100.

For more information and updates on upcoming events and building projects with Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, visit www.capefearhabitat.org

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