Spending an evening shopping with friends is always fun. But when you’re shopping for a cause, it’s much, much better.
That’s exactly what will be happening Thursday, October 20, when The Women’s Board of The Johns Hopkins Hospital will host its first ever The Best of the Best Fashion Show at Baltimore Country Club.
“This isn’t your ordinary fashion show, it is a fashion show and evening with a purpose,” said Duffy Weir, Co-Chair of the event.
“We are fundraising for patient care at Johns Hopkins Hospital and we have created an extraordinary experiential event that combines pampering, pop-up shops, demonstrations and, of course, fashion from fabulous local retailers.”
Starting with cocktails and light fare at 5:30, the evening will include hands-on demonstrations for everything from napkin folding with Select Events to cake decorating and scarf tying. The event will also feature 13 pop-up vendors, a “makeup refreshing” station run by The Red Door Salon and – maybe best of all – custom cupcakes.
Starting at 7:30, the fashion show part of the evening will commence. The show will be emceed by WJZ news anchor Mary Bubala and the runway model lineup includes numerous familiar faces, including Charleston Chef Cindy Wolf, WJZ’s Chelsea Ingram, fitness icon Lynn Brick, along with her daughter Vicki and mother Cecilia, realtor Karen Bisbee and fabulous physicians Diane Orlinsky and Eva Simmons O’Brien.
The models will show off looks from some of the best shops in town, including The Little Shoebox, JG Sassy, Rutland Beard, J McLaughlin, Octavia, Sassanova and Francesca’s. During the shopping-and-cocktail period, vendors include India Hicks, The Pleasure of Your Company, Amaryllis, Sassy Cyclist and even Holotats.
Through it all, there will also be a silent auction featuring items like a LVH messenger bag, Hermes scarves, jewelry, restaurant gift certificates and group yoga lessons.
The Women’s Board of The Johns Hopkins Hospital was founded in 1927; it is a non-profit, volunteer board. Nearly all – 97% – of the funds raised by the organization go directly to grants or scholarships. Unlike some other fundraising boards, the Women’s Board both raises funds and allocates how the money is spent. The organization uses a review process, based on the one used at the National Institutes of Health, to determine what programs will receive grants.
In the years since its founding, the Women’s Board has contributed millions of dollars to the hospital. In 2017, Women’s Board grants will total $750,000 and will benefit a wide range of programs and research, including studies on fetal neurodevelopment, using 4D real time prenatal ultrasound and fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing.
The grants will also directly benefit hospital patients and their families; a portion of the funds will purchase fleece jackets designed for easy use by cancer patients and sleeper chairs for the comfort of family members and caregivers staying overnight with patients.
Every year, the Women’s Board also fully funds two scholarships: one for the School of Nursing and the other for the School of Medicine. Recipients of the scholarships receive the funding for the entirety of their tenure as Hopkins students.
The Best of the Best Fashion Show is just one way, this fall, that the Women’s Board will raise money from for future projects and scholarships. From November 3 to 6, the Women’s Board will also host the Best Dressed Sale. This year, the annual resale event will celebrate its 49th anniversary and is likely to raise about $200,000 that will go towards Women’s Board grants.
For more information about the Women’s Board of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and The Best of the Best Fashion Show, visit www.womensboard.jhmi.edu. Tickets are also available directly from Eventbrite. They are $125 each; 40% is tax deductible.
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