The Seneca County House of Concern has partnered with the Hotel Clarence to bring our community a unique opportunity to blend fashion with the elegant setting of the Clarence. The Traveling Little Black Dress luncheon and fashion show will run two consecutive days, Friday May 17 and Saturday May 18 in the dining room of the Clarence. The event is being held to help meet the growing challenge of serving the hungry right here in Seneca County. All net proceeds from the event will go to funding the food pantry at the House of Concern.
“This is our way of giving our supporters an opportunity for some great entertainment and outstanding food and help us meet the needs of our hungry neighbors right here in our own backyard. When Sharon Hoatland offered her expertise at creating high quality fashion shows, we jumped at the chance,” says HOC Executive Director Diane Draheim.
In addition to the luncheon and fashion show, there will be special auction items and clothing and accessories displays. Guests will be greeted by tuxedo-clad ushers, and models will show a variety of clothing styles highlighted by the featured “Traveling Little Black Dress.”
The show will feature local models and clothing from area retailers. “The response from potential sponsors has been terrific,” says Committee Chair Terri Ferguson. “We expect to make this an annual event. We intend for this to be the ‘Must Attend’ event of the Season.”
The House of Concern has been facing unprecedented demand for services at the same time funding from government sources is being cut. In January of 2013, the United Way partner agency was responsible for providing more than 17,000 meals locally. “The HOC Board has been proactively expanding our profile in the community, partnering with businesses and social services agencies and increasing our fund-raising activities. It’s really the only way we are going to meet the growing challenge of providing food security for folks right here in Seneca County,” says Board President Stephen Beals. “The event committee has put together an impressive group of volunteers to make this a great event, and we’d be happy to hear from anyone who would like to get involved.”
The luncheon will be held from 11:00-1:00pm and tickets will be available beginning April 1 at the House of Concern, Woman Made Products, the Copy Shop, Sinicropi Florists, the Cornell Ag and Tech Center in Geneva, and on-line from the House of Concern web site www.houseofconcern.org. Cost is $35 for the luncheon and show.