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WALNUT CREEK -- It's an evening designed for fashion and fun, but the annual bfearless. fashion show goes beneath the surface to touch the heart of a family.
It is the fourth year the Walnut Creek store has done the show, and each year, owner Tonya Schlabach said, it's gotten a bit bigger. After two years at the nearby Wallhouse Hotel, the show moved to the lower level of the adjacent Amish Country Theater.
This year, the show is moving upstairs into a cavernous space that will allow plenty of room for food tables, guests and 20 models -- more than ever, Schlabach said, and all local.
The event is Monday, April 3, and begins at 6 p.m. with a pre-show party with food and drinks, followed by the show at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the store on state Route 39 or can purchased via credit card over the phone by calling 330-893-9201.
"The fashion show, for us, is about clothes, about showing our clothes," said Schlabach, " ... but also about showing community support."
That community support means all proceeds from ticket sales will go to the family of the late Meera Tate Yoder, an 8-year-old Baltic girl who died Jan. 12 after a three-month battle with Stage 4 Burkitts Lymphoma and post-chemo symptoms. Meera, who had been in the second grade at Ragersville Elementary School, leaves behind her parents, Owen and Mae Yoder, and a brother, Andre.
Meera's struggle "just captured the whole community," Schlabach said, adding that the Yoder family "was very dependent on Christ through this whole situation."
Miracles for Meera Tate will have a table at the event, and her family will make a short presentation about her life, store manager Shelly Miller said. The money, in turn, will be used to offset their remaining medical bills.
In previous years, the show has provided funding for 58:12 Rescue for victims of physical and sexual abuse and for Pure Gift of God, an adoption nonprofit. "For me, it's important that it's not just about clothes. We're called to love people and be there for people," Schlabach said. "To do a fashion show doesn't seem like enough for us."
Other local businesses are pitching in, too. Salon Sky and Rig and Co. are providing hair and makeup services for the models and Park Street Pizza, Rebecca's Bistro, Olde World Bakery, Swissters, Heini's and Stacey's Cakes will bring in the food and beverages. Homestead Furniture is responsible for the tables.
The musical entertainment is Kodachrome Babies, a Dover/New Philadelphia-based sister duo who offer a fresh take on music from the girl groups of the 1950s. The models each will take three trips down the runway, with live music during the breaks.
And afterward, Schlabach said, everyone will head back down the hill to the store, where a 20 percent off sale awaits. "It's like Christmas shopping," Miller said, "but no one's grouchy."
Reporter Tami Mosser can be reached at email@example.com or 330-287-1655. She is @tamimosser on Twitter.