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Charity fashion show adds bridal attire

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Growth is the underlying theme of A Touch of Grace’s annual charity fashion show to benefit the local Children’s Miracle Network affiliate next month.

Store owner Kathleen B. Lettiere said the only way to top each year’s fashion show is to increase its attendance, dress availability and age groups that may benefit from the variety of modeled formal attire.

“We want to draw a different crowd,” she said. “Brides bring more people with them, and we want to make more money for Children’s Miracle Network.”

To accomplish just that, Mrs. Lettiere has decided to feature bridal gowns and flower girl and bridesmaid dresses in the show, which will take place at 1 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference Center off Faichney Drive.

“We have beautiful new gowns from Alfred Angelo,” Mrs. Lettiere said. “Lace is very popular this year. We’d love for customers to come see them. They’re beautiful, elegant and vintage.”

Last year, about 200 people attended the event when it was known as the Teens for Miracles fashion show. For what is now known as the CMN Bridal, Prom and More fashion show, Mrs. Lettiere said, a sellout crowd would be 300 people.

The bridal addition will not replace the show’s previous features; Mrs. Lettiere said it will simply enhance the show. About 20 little girls will model formal dresses, which may be worn at events such as the annual Sugar Plum Ball, a parent-child dance, and 60 teenagers will model the latest prom fashions. Mrs. Lettiere said 20 bridal-related gowns will be modeled.

“We’re always looking for more models,” she said. “If they want to contribute and give back to the community, that’d be great.”

Models’ hair will be done by stylists from Beauty Bar, and music will be provided by DJ Shamrock. Attendees may register for one of several prizes, including packages from event sponsors Corleone Limousine and Cabana Bay Tanning.

Other prizes include a $200 gift certificate to A Touch of Grace, 440 Coffeen St., a tuxedo rental from Nelson’s Dry Cleaning & Formal Wear, 1171 Coffeen St., and gift certificates to area establishments.

The show will be hosted by Olivia Grant, Miss Thousand Islands 2014.

For more information, call Mrs. Lettiere at 788-6164. She said a minimum $10 donation will be requested at the door the day of the event, or people soon can purchase tickets online at

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