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Sunday fashion show to benefit CMN

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Color and affordability.

That is what will be showcased at 1 p.m. Sunday at A Touch of Grace, 440 Coffeen St., as part of the store’s inaugural fall fashion show to benefit the local Children’s Miracle Network affiliate.

“It’s going to be a color-friendly season. It’s more color than we’ve seen before,” said Kathleen B. Lettiere, store owner.

Nude color with black-lace overlays, baby pink, mint green and light turquoise are some of the “it” colors for gowns now, as are gowns with sparkle and illusion-necklines, which are high, sheer necklines to ‘strapless’ gowns.

Mrs. Lettiere typically hosts a late winter charity fashion show to benefit CMN, but she wanted to offer a second one this year to feature holiday and other formal fashions. Many of the 40 volunteer models will be dressed in fashions that could be worn during the upcoming, annual parent-child dance, the Sugar Plum Ball. Many Sugar Plum Ball dresses will be puffy, pink and purple, she said.

Special-occasion gowns for all figures also will be modeled.

“We don’t want customers coming in and saying, ‘They don’t have something for me,’” Mrs. Lettiere said. “We don’t want them going to the Internet and having a nightmare. We want them to see it, touch it, try it on and take it home that day.”

A Touch of Grace will be showing off both short and long gowns for girls and young women.

There is no specific admission charge for the show Sunday, but a donation will be requested at the door. Other opportunities for people to give to CMN, such as a 50-50 raffle, will be presented throughout the show. Several prizes will be awarded, including gift certificates to Corleone Limousine, Cabana Bay Tanning and A Touch of Grace. Mrs. Lettiere said two gowns will be given away.

Patrick Fleming, also known as DJ Shamrock, will provide entertainment.

The fashion show is being held for CMN, she said, because she has seen the impact the local charity has had on many children and their families throughout Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.

“I feel they just do so much for our community,” she said. “To have a CMN hospital in Watertown is phenomenal.”

CMN is housed within Samaritan Medical Center, 830 Washington St.

CMN Development Director Morgan O’Brien Bocciolatt said the event is great “because you get support of models’ families and friends and community members.”

She said Mrs. Lettiere’s dedication to CMN is “remarkable.”

To view a selection of the gowns in the show, visit www.atouchofgrace.net.

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