Little Black Dress Fashion Show A HUGE Success


Part of the crew that helped put together the House of Concern’s Little Black Dress fund-raiser. Front row: Eleanor Collinsworth and Tammy Mills
Back: Deb Jacobs, Stephen Beals, Gail Mentis, Diane Draheim, Terri Ferguson, Denise Sarra, Lynne Wimmer, Sue Noble, Sharon Snover, Alison McGee, Lisa Palladino

The Second Annual Little Black Dress Fashion Show at the Gould Hotel March 28-29 was a huge success, netting over $12,000 for the House of Concern Food Pantry.

The committee is currently reviewing the event and planning for next year’s extravaganza. Our thanks to our wonderful sponsors and volunteers for making this fashion show truly the “Must-See” event of the season.

House of Concern Honors Volunteers


HOC Volunteers
A few of the staff members, Board Members and Volunteers who got together for lunch on Volunteer Appreciation Day

The Seneca County House of Concern honored its volunteers earlier this week as staff and Board members joined them for a celebration luncheon at the offices on State Street in Seneca Falls. The House of Concern provides a food pantry and thrift store to persons in need throughout Seneca County.

The organization has seen tremendous increases in need and a corresponding decrease in government assistance, which requires even more input on the part of volunteers to meet the needs of the community to provide proper nutrition for our neighbors.

The HOC has also partnered with other agencies and businesses to provide nutrition and financial management training to help those seeking aid find ways to become more food secure. They also receive supplemental food from Foodlink and various community gardens.

The House of Concern was instrumental in starting the Seneca Falls Community Garden and worked closely with the community garden project in Waterloo as well.

On May 17-18, the House of Concern is partnering with the Hotel Clarence to present a fashion show and luncheon, The Traveling Little Black Dress Creates New Beginnings, to benefit their efforts. The show will feature local models and clothes and accessories from area businesses. There will be auction items available as well. One of the highlights will be examples of how great outfits can be put together from clothes from the House of Concern’s New Beginning Thrift Store.

HOC New Beginnings BoutiqueComing in June will be a new storefront operation on Fall Street in Seneca Falls. The New Beginnings Boutique will feature high-end gently worn clothing and consignments, as well as accessories. The shop, adjacent to WomanMade Products is currently being remodeled for its Grand Opening. All funds generated from the new store will be sued to help the increasing need for food for the organization’s consumers.

Fashion Show Will Support House of Concern

LBDjpgThe Seneca County House of Concern and Hotel Clarence Announce May Fashion Show and Luncheon Fund-Raiser

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 Cost is $35 for the luncheon and show.