at Best Western Plus Coeur d'Alene benefiting St. Vincent de Paul North Idaho warming centers at 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Experiencing homelessness is a struggle wherever it happens. Experiencing a winter in north Idaho at the same time is another story. We all know what the weather is like here, but do many of us think about what it’s like for those who have no other place to be but out in it? Those thoughts were on the mind of the many who attended St. Vinny’s Fifth Annual Fashion Show.
Meeting and greeting before the show.
Friendly greeting at the Mountain West Bank table.
Judy Simpson, Nancy Flagan, Mary Lou Reed, Gratia Griffith, Helen Shortridge, and Roberta Larsen at the Margaret Reed Foundation table.
Along with the fashion show, the evening’s festivities included dinner, a live auction and paddle raise, and raffle items.
Sally Chandler and Sue Myers (hands pictured) prepare their raffle tickets.
Conversation by the raffle wall.
Checking out items for raffle.
Entering all the raffles.
John Rincon, site manager at Kathy Reed and Lynn Peterson houses, helped organize and run the raffle.
Committee Chair Ashley Piaskowski thanks everyone for attending.
And as dinner concluded, the show began with a bang.
That got the crowd going, as did some fancy footwork from a couple of the models.
Cutting a runway rug.
On one end of the runway there was Lou Chandler cheering for everyone.
Everyone wants to share with Lou Chandler.
And on the other end was a table of boa wavers with enough enthusiasm for the whole room.
The boa table loves the casual look.
And the models gave the love right back.
Strutting the runway.
Elegant in blue.
This is how you have to walk when you wear these clothes.
Throwing his jacket to the boas.
That’s a happy couple.
Rocking the leather.
When it was time to talk about why everyone was there, people listened. Two families came to the stage to show their appreciation for what the warming centers have meant to them: A mother and her daughter who no longer have to sleep in their car and have their own apartment, and a husband and wife with their young son.
David and Sarah Thompson with their little boy, and Janette and Faith Lorton all have been helped by the warming center and came on stage to show their appreciation.
Then it was time to really raise some money.
Auctioneer Matt Backs speaks to a packed house. “When you give someone just a leg up, that’s all it takes.”
Winning bid from the boa table.
Winner of Gonzaga Men’s Basketball tickets.
Lou Chandler raises his paddle for $5000 after meeting David Thompson and his son in the restroom.
The giving spirit puts people in a great mood.
There were so many tickets to draw from, so many people wanting to give, that they spilled out of the container. Luckily there were plenty of helping hands.
So many tickets!
It’s getting colder out there. People experiencing homelessness in north Idaho are going to be facing an even tougher struggle. From the looks of the how the latest St. Vinny’s Fashion Show turned out they will have a warm, safe place to be when the worst is upon them. We should all be thankful for that.
Checking in for the evening.
Perusing the purses and handbags.
Jewelry for sale.
Sylvia Kerr inspects the wine tree.
Gina and Nathan Rogers, Anna McKahan, Kelly O’neal, and Ryley Siegner at the Advanced Benefits table.
Fundraising at the jewelry table.
You have to keep perspective.
Greg Johnson guarding the wine tree he built.
Lori O’Brien modeling her new handbag.
John Beutler with Lori O’Brien and her new handbag.
“This one? Or this one? Or both?”
Steve Mumm, Bobbie Suiter, and Sue Stallard and the Numerica Credit Union Table.
Members of the Beecus Yacht Club gather for pictures at the Jody Smith table: Jody Smith, Patti Clark, Larkin Ciri, Moe Brett, and Kelly Upchurch.
Selfies at the Hospice of North Idaho table.
SVDP Executive Director Jeff Conroy welcomes everyone to the show.
Making an entrance.
Getting everyone excited!
Opening the show.
Summer 2018 boatwear.
Classic evening wear.
Shorts and long sleeves, a classic north Idaho look.
She’s happy to have found a dress with pockets.
Rocking the puffy vest.
Red and black are a great combination.
Getting love from the boas.
A graceful dip.
Arm-in-arm on the catwalk.
Waving to admirers.
One of the more colorful selections of the evening.
So hot right now.
Ready for business.
Staring down Lou Chandler.
The boas love the fur.
The boas think highly of his tractor.
“No, you’re the man.”
The boa table had much love to give.
He needs no description.
Modeling auction items.
They just keep trying to give Lou Chandler drinks.
Emcee Steve Mumm coaxing some bids from the crowd.
Modeling the wine package.
Lou Chandler takes a closer look at the fur jacket.
Modeling a fur and jewelry for auction.
Demonstrating his on-the-green victory dance.
Elegant in black.
Steve Mumm hands the mic over to Barb Smalley.
Barb Smalley introduces a video about some people who have been helped by the warming center.
Gold Sponsor: Mountain West Bank; Silver Sponsors: Coeur d'Alene Inn, Columbia Bank, Numerica Credit Union, Umpqua Bank, Avondale #18 Hole Ladies, Pioneer Title, Best Western CDA Inn
Our Friends: The Cleaners, Steve Mumm, Lane Sumner, Christopher Anderson, Allegra Print & Imaging, Photographer - Sheena Dunn, Realtor Estate Properties; Roots Hair Studio - Angie Talbot, Amy Jones, Jenna McKinnie, Haley Jackson; Hair Stylist - Kim Smiledge; Makeup Artists - Kathy O'Hara/Mary Kay
Maison de Couture Performers and Fashion Models: Marie and Mayor Steve Widmyer, Susan and Mayor Ron Jacobson, Mayor Steve Roberge, Judge John Mitchell, Alex Litz, Cassidy and Dr. Ryan Bones, Jack Reiswig, Shelly Enderud, Teresa Benner, Liz Barrett, Carson Willingham, Pam Pereira, John Ernst, Aaron Wilkinson, Hailey Byrne, Sam Simmons, Jeweler Jane, Brenna Rose, Shelly Romine, David Bobbitt, Caiti Currey, Beth Wichman, Scott Fink, Christi Fleishman, Marvin Sears, Craig Sumey, Alex and Annie Knoll, Sean Siroshton, Danny Beutler, Greg Helbling, Jim Addis; Teri, Alexander, and Trey Nipp, Angela and JJ Jaeger
Cork & Tap - P1FCU, Suzan & Kosh, Center Target Sports, Cheryl Burchell - Mystique, North Idaho Quilts, Ann Beutler - Century 21, Boot-A-Full Bling, SpringHill Suites at Marriott, The Salvation Army Kroc Center, Black Sheep Sporting Goods, Pure Barre CDA, LuLaRoe - Brenda Hanson, CDA Summer Theatre, Tanya Lyons/Mary Kay, Snowing LuLaRoe by Brittan Snow
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