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Published: Sunday, 4/20/2014

ON THE TOWN

Spring brings thoughts of fashion

BY BARBARA HENDEL
BLADE SOCIETY EDITOR
Teresa Hillis models a wedding gown during the 7th annual Luncheon & Fashion Show "Passionate in Purple" to benefit The Victory Center, in Perrysburg. Teresa Hillis models a wedding gown during the 7th annual Luncheon & Fashion Show "Passionate in Purple" to benefit The Victory Center, in Perrysburg.
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The birds are chirping, the grass is green, and flowers are blooming. Spring, with no snow, is finally here. While the Easter Bunny visited many homes today, leaving a trail of jelly beans, colored eggs, and chocolate, many folks are headed to church or to family gatherings since it is Easter Sunday. In the know on what to wear were those who attended fashion shows for fun and charity.

Hues of purple flowers, candles, and more decorated the room for the Victory Center’s seventh annual luncheon and fashion show “Passionate in Purple” presented by ProMedica Cancer Institute at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg on St. Valentine’s Day. Raised was $39,000 for the center’s free services and programs that are intended to see that no cancer patient, survivor, or family member will face the cancer journey alone.

PHOTO GALLERY: Passionate for Purple fashion show

The 550 attendees perused the raffle baskets and were enticed by handsome men in white shirts and purple ties to buy tickets. In the crowd were cancer survivors, identified by the purple ribbons they wore, compliments of Laura Dosch, committee member/cancer survivor. A free survivor raffle was for a necklace donated by Stella & Dot. Ragazza donated 300 purple scarves to sell for the cause.

Amy Gilles modeling adds color to a denim and balck outfit with vivid red accessories. Amy Gilles modeling adds color to a denim and balck outfit with vivid red accessories.
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Ann Kujawa, ProMedica Cancer Institute, welcomed everyone. Emcee was Chrys Peterson, who has since retired from WTOLTV, Channel 11, and has been the honorary race chairman of the Komen Race for the Cure for 20 years.

Featured speaker/survivor Barb Hankenhof said her faith and hope have been crucial but she raved about the compassionate nurses and doctors, the Victory Center for its support of body and mind, and the support of her family and friends. 

First on the catwalk were the survivor models, escorted by debonair men: Emma Carpenter, Amy Gilles, Nina Goodrick, Lynn Harman, Janice Huguley, Itzel Krauss, Sue Kieckarz, Judy Warshaw and Laurie Yeager.

Other models followed sporting fashions from Belle Amour Bridal, Chico’s, Kid’s Klothesline, Lady C; Opening Night; Toledo Harley-Davidson/Signature Harley-Davidson; Ragazza, Stella & Dot; Sophia Lustig; Sophie’s Sister; and Sofi Stella. Fashion show coordinator was Katie Maskey, owner of Studio K Coaching. Event chairman was Kathy Schwartz, who brought her father, 95, a two-time cancer survivor.

The next big Victory Center event is “EXPERIENCE… Treasures!” on May 2 at Parkway Place. There will be raffle prizes, a live auction, tastes of signature wines, beer and delectable food samples, and live music by Skoobie Snaks.

Contact Barbara Hendel at bhendel@theblade.com or 419-724-6124.



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