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South Seas hosts ‘Captiva Diva’ fashion show to benefit PACE

By Staff | Apr 23, 2010

Executive Chef Joey Pesner, standing, presents a special Mother’s Day dish to a table full of guests. Clockwise from Pesner are Annie Kisskeys, Marcia Kimball, David Levine, Kay Casperson, Kayce Nette, Kayla Nette, Michael Rosa and Valerie Simpson.

South Seas Island Resort is offering a unique gift opportunity to celebrate Mother’s Day – a delicious gourmet brunch and the chance for moms, wives and children to walk in a special “Captiva Diva” fashion show. All of the proceeds from the sale of “model spots” in the fashion show will benefit the PACE Center for Girls in Lee County.

The fashion show will feature a special guest emcee, Amy Sedlacek, anchor of Fox 4 Rising and a long-time support of PACE.

South Seas has hosted Mother’s Day brunches in the past, but according to Carolyn Hudson, director of communications and community relations for the resort, this is the first time the holiday event has included a charitable element.

“South Seas recognizes that as a company, it is a steward of the community in which is serves, and will continue to create public events and partner strategically with charitable organizations,” Hudson said.

“For the Mother’s Day Brunch, South Seas is inviting the island community to give mom something special. Including a fashion show as part of the brunch and selling ‘model spots’ gives the resort an opportunity to provide PACE Center for Girls with 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of these model gift packages,” Hudson continued. “South Seas is committed to not only creating events for the guests who visit the resort but for the community at large who lives here.”

Executive chef Joey Pesner will present an array of traditional breakfast favorites, fresh seafood and pastries during the brunch event.

And what better way to show mom how much she means by giving her the star treatment – a gourmet meal, a beautiful bouquet from Captiva Blooms, hair and make-up styling by the Kay Casperson Lifestyle Spa and Boutique and the opportunity to model the latest in resort wear trends while walking a New York City-style runway in South Seas’ beautiful Captiva Ballroom.

Of course, if the special lady in your life would prefer to watch the show rather than participate, moms can still enjoy a special meal of traditional breakfast favorites, fresh seafood and pastries prepared by South Seas’ executive chef Joey Pesner while viewing some of Captiva’s hottest apparel.

But the women who decide to brave the stage will be dressed in some of Chadwick’s Square’s finest resort-style fashions, provided by Aqua Swimwear, Regatta, H2O Outfitters, Giggles Children’s Clothing Store, Footloose and South Seas Island Outfitters and Resort Logo Shop.

“South Seas Island Resort and Chadwick’s Square are thrilled to be partnering with the PACE Center for Girls for the Captiva Diva Fashion Show. This is the first time we have done an event like this where all of the shops at Chadwick’s Square are participating in a wonderful gift item for mom’s and kids on Mother’s Day,” said David Levine, director of retail for South Seas Island Resort.

The ladies who participate will have their hair and make-up done by Kay Casperson, owner of the Kay Casperson Lifestyle Spa and Boutique.

Kay Casperson, owner of Kay Casperson’s Lifestyle Spa and Boutique in Chadwick’s Square, examines some of the potential Mother’s Day brunch goodies with daughters Kayla Nette, six, and Kayce Nette, three.

Kay Casperson, owner of the Kay Casperson Lifestyle Spa and Boutique, used to own and operate an international model and talent agency and said she is thrilled to be producing this very special Mother’s Day event

“I’m very excited styling all the moms and children who will be participating in the fashion show. As part of the mission of the spa, we are committed to partnering with local charities such as PACE,” Casperson said.

“We have a full cast of fabulous lifestyle consultants that will be working on hair and make-up and we’re going to make everybody look fabulous for the day. We’re really excited about that,” Casperson said.

And to sweeten the deal, participants will also receive gourmet chocolate roses and a special bouquet from Chadwick’s Square’s newest floral design and gift shop, Captiva Blooms.

The Mother’s Day Brunch and Fashion Show will take place in the Captiva Ballroom in Chadwick’s Square on Sunday, May 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fashion show will begin at noon.

Marcia Kimball, proprietor of Giggles in Chadwick’s Square, poses with Kayla Nette, left, and Kayce Nette. Both girls are wearing clothing from Giggles. Marcia Kimball, proprietor of Giggles in Chadwick’s Square, poses with Kayla Nette, left, and Kayce Nette. Both girls are wearing clothing from Giggles.

For families that just want to watch this spectacular Captiva Diva event and enjoy brunch, tickets are just $34 for adults and $12 for children ages 12 and under. The event is free for children under five. To make reservations, please call 472-7685.

Fathers, sons and husbands that are interested in signing up their special ladies and kids to walk in the show and receive the entire Captiva Diva gift package can call Daniel Smock at 472-7565 for more more details and pricing.

Ruth Thompson, manager and lead designer of Captiva Blooms in Chadwick’s Square, arranges a centerpiece. Thompson will be designing special bouquets for models that participate in the runway show.