FASHION FIESTA  A model struts her stuff in the 2012 fashion show put on by the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary.File photo

FASHION FIESTA A model struts her stuff in the 2012 fashion show put on by the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary.File photo

By James Rose

Special to The Pioneer

Attention Columbia Valley fashionistas: the Sensational Seconds Fashion Show presented by the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary (IHCA) is set to take place Saturday, October 15th at the Invermere Community Hall. Tickets to the show are $20 (one cocktail included) and can be purchased at the Invermere Thrift Store, Details by Joanne, and Avenue.

A committee of dedicated members for the past six months has been planning this show, where we will feature fashions that have been donated to our Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Store, said co-oordinator Donna Scheffer. Many of the clothes items are designer names, with many of them still having the store price tags on them.

In addition to the clothing that will be featured throughout the evening, models will also showcase a variety of shoes, purses, belts, scarves and jewelry.

We have outfitted 24 models, five of them being male, with three outfits to show in each of our three sets Sporty, Sassy and Sensational, said Ms. Scheffer.

In between the three sets, there will be two intermissions.

During the intermissions, there is time for the patrons to check out the silent auction tables, receive one of roughly 20 door prizes, and purchase the items that were just modelled at the boutique at the back of the hall.

The silent auction will feature approximately 30 pieces from items donated to the Thrift Store.

These could be anything from works of art, pictures, sculptures, to candle stick holders, to a tea service or a clock, said Ms. Scheffer.

For the Health Care Auxiliary, the fruits of their labour are certainly worthwhile.

Ticket proceeds go back into our general funds after expenses are met, as our organizations mandate is to assist in providing the best possible health care in our community, Ms. Scheffer explained. The main reason for this event is to give back to the community. Without them donating and shopping, we wouldnt exist.

Each year, the IHCA donates thousands of dollars to the local hospital for equipment not in its budget.

Ask any of our local doctors and they will tell you, for a little hospital, it has more and more current equipment than some of the larger hospitals, she added.

The 2016 show marks the sixth time that the IHCA has gone through the extensive planning process to produce the event.

The idea to first put on a fashion show was born out of seeing all the wonderful items that are donated, and our desire to show them off, said Ms. Scheffer. Whats more, we want to acknowledge the generosity of the people who donate them. We want to give the people of our community who dont have the opportunity to shop or dont feel they should shop at the Thrift Store a chance to see the quality of items we have donated.

For more information about the fashion show or the day-to-day operation of the Thrift Store, you can reach Donna Scheffer at a_scheffer@hotmail.com or 250-342-3780 or you can speak with any member of the Auxiliary.

We are always on the lookout for new volunteers, said Ms. Scheffer. Especially those who are young, or young at heart, without too many health or physical limitations, and have flexible schedules.

The Sensational Seconds Fashion Show starts at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m.