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'Bright and Beautiful' theme of annual thrift store fashion show

February 5, 2019
By TIFFANY REPECKI ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Noah's Ark will host one of the island's long-standing traditions next week for the community.

The thrift store at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church on Sanibel will hold its annual fashion show extravaganza, titled "Bright and Beautiful" this year, on Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. at the church. Free for the public, it will feature looks from the store, as well as door prizes and a special check presentation.

The doors will open at 12:30 p.m., with punch and homemade cookies provided after the show.

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St. Michael’s parishioners, from left, Lee Williams, Harriet Pattison and Liz Coffey choose clothing that they will model at the fashion show, “Bright and Beautiful,” on Feb. 11.

"Noah's Ark started in 1960, and the first fashion shows actually had the different shops on the island providing the clothes," event chair Liz Coffey said, adding that the store eventually opened in 1968.

Attendees are encouraged to wear outfits that they have purchased at the store.

"We feel like it is a thank you to our donors because so many of the people who attend have donated things," she said. "In fact, we always ask the people (supporters) in the audience to stand up."

Each year it is a packed event, with approximately 250 people in attendance.

"It's a thank you for people who support us," Coffey said.

The Rev. Dr. Ellen Sloan will emcee the event, and pianist Rich Mattern will provide music.

About 20 models women and one man will each model two outfits of their choosing.

"The first part of the show is more casual, and the second part is the more dressy clothes," she said. "All of the clothes are clothing that has been donated, and it will be for sale after the show."

"There will be handbags and some jewelry and some shoes," Coffey added.

The models are volunteers at the store.

"Each model is responsible for putting together their own outfits from items that are for sale," she said, explaining that Noah's Ark currently has more than 90 volunteers who donate their time to the store.

A brief intermission will split up the two halves of the show.

"During the halftime and after the show we'll have door prizes," Coffey said.

There will be about 20 items, which will consist of a range of new donations to the store.

"They're all wrapped, so they don't know what they're getting," she said. "It will be a surprise."

Attendees will have an opportunity to buy $25 gift cards to the store at a discounted $20.

Coffey noted that the gift cards cannot be used the day of the show, however.

Also during the intermission, the women of St. Michael's will present a $10,000 check to Partners for Breast Cancer Care on behalf of the parish's grant committee. It is a tradition during the event.

"Every year, we ask one of our grantees to come so that we can present their grant at the show," she said, noting that there are 22 groups getting funds this year. "Every year it's a different grantee."

Resident and visitors are invited to come out and enjoy the event.

"We have non-professional models, so we have all sizes and shapes," Coffey said. "And we don't try to get too serious about it. We just have fun doing it."

For more information, call 239-472-2173.

Located behind the church, Noah's Ark is at 2304 Periwinkle Way.

It is open 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and on the first Saturday of each month.



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