Letting your style show Fashion event raises funds for Vermillion Food Pantry By David Lias
Plain Talk Gloria Christopherson of Nook â�?�?n Cranny and Peggy Higman, owner of Ava Morgan clothing store, know of the tremendous need the Vermillion Food Pantry is experiencing this year. They put their heads together and created a style show of Ava Morgan clothing fashions and home decor, and craft ideas from Nook â�?�?n Cranny to present to the Vermillion community. Sherry and Eldon Nygaard of Valiant Vineyards Winery offered to provide their facilities for the fashion show, and also provided complimentary wine for the event. Other Vermillion businesses chipped in to make the afternoon a success. Catering companies from the Vermillion Hy-Vee, Jonesâ�?�? Food, Razielâ�?�?s, and Cherry Street Catering all provided delicious horsâ�?�? douvres as their contribution to this fundraiser. Gloria notes that Sunday at 3 p.m., the winery brought together 90 guests, fashions, fun and food to make this community event a success. The guests brought non-perishable food items that have been donated to the Vermillion Food Pantry. Audience members also contributed $900 to be presented to the food pantry. â�?�?Both Peggy and I canâ�?�?t say thank you enough for the outpouring of support of our community to this worthy cause,â�? Gloria said. Items from Nook â�?�?n Cranny featured in the show included: â�?¢ A deviled egg plate in the shape of Santaâ�?�?s red hat. This will make a great addition to anyoneâ�?�?s holiday table. â�?¢ A white stone nativity set with lights. Nook â�?�?n Cranny has seven sets of various sizes of nativities for children and families.They also make a great gift for baptisms, confirmations and weddings. â�?¢ Nook â�?�?n Cranny carries traditional baking items from Watkins, a company started in 1895. Products included are cinnamon, gourmet pepper blend, white vanilla, regular vanilla and almond flavoring. â�?¢ Rascal Routines, a collection of plush animals with a matching boardbook that helps toddlers with healthy lifestyles. There are books encouraging youngsters to brush their teeth, get a good nightâ�?�?s sleep, use plenty of bubbles at bathtime, and to make a habit of reading. â�?�?I just thought it was really a nice touch for the women in the show to carry the various houseware gift ideas while they were modeling the clothing,â�? Peggy Higman said. Models for Sundayâ�?�?s fashion show were Diane Zak, Nancy McCahren, Michelle Maloney, Marlys Johnson, Susan Tuve, Amy Mart, Emily Rosenbaum, Lorie Hurowitz, Erika Peterson and Ava and Morgan Higman.�? �? �? The audience was treated to the latest styles from Eileen Fisher, Berek, C.C. Couture, Miss Me, and handbags by Francesco Biasia. â�?�?This year, deep jewel tone colors are popular,â�? Peggy said. â�?�?Long necklaces and accessories are also popular. And hats off to all the models that did such a fine job.â�? Peggyâ�?�?s daughters, Ava and Morgan, effectively stole the show at the eventâ�?�?s conclusion as they escorted Erika Peterson. The little girls were dressed in black tops with faux fur trim, and red tutus by Oopsie Daisy Baby. Erika, too, was beautiful in her ball gown by Max and Cleo.
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