Columbia Valley Pioneer staff

Get dressed up and let your hair down — that was the fun part along with raising funds for local causes on April 27 in Fairmont Hot Springs.

La Galeria II hosted a fashion show at Coy’s Par 3 where people came together to show off wardrobes and support three worthy programs.

“It was a spirit-lifting event for all involved,” said event coordinator Carolyn Barzilay. She noted there aren’t enough of these gatherings for ladies who, in this case, ended up winning prizes and purchasing generously donated auction items.

Barzilay told the Pioneer the show raised $3,475 for the Fairmont Lions Club, and $2,015 for the Invermere Hospital Auxiliary thrift store. She also reported that seven or eight boxes of food were collected for the Columbia Valley Food Bank.

“Everyone can feel good about raising well-used funds for the community,” she said, reiterating that the auxiliary is a staple supporter of the local health system, and the food bank is in dire need to help feed the less fortunate.

Barzilay thanked all of the local businesses who donated to these causes, which made the show a huge success.

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