Snoqualmie Valley Record


Fashion for Mamma's Hands: Birches Habitat benefit show returns Sunday to North Bend

September 26, 2013 · 10:51 AM

Model Kylan Ooyman tries on one of her show outfits at a fitting appointment for the upcoming Fall Fashion Show, Sept. 29, benefiting the House of Hope. / Courtesy photo

Birches Habitat’s second annual Fall Fashion Show, a benefit for Mamma’s Hands Houses of Hope, is 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at Boxley’s Place, North Bend.

Birches owner Nancy Wray started the show last year as both a fundraiser for the local shelters for women and children, but also as a way to build community. Wray says it takes an army of local women to make it happen. Volunteers Ahn Lee Horne, Shannon Zink, Louise Wall, Beth Nelson and Mary Barrett put in many hours pulling, fitting, tagging and sequencing the  outfits and accessories for the show. They build a stage and runway at Boxleys.

It takes about 160 hours, lots of energy and 28 models to make it happen.

“It is a lot of preparation, but we have so much fun doing it and hope the tradition lives on for many years,” Wray says.

Tickets go fast; the show sold out last year. Tickets are $27 at the door.

All models live in the Valley and donate their time for House of Hope.

“One of our models in the spring senior center fashion show held at the TPC, was a former House of Hope resident, finding herself homeless after a series of devastating events,” stated Wray. “She and her children now live in a comfortable apartment in the Valley and are doing well. She was so happy to be in the show and to help raise money for the organization that turned her life around. Full circle, we love it!”

• Learn more at bircheshabitat.com.

Above, Erica Becker of Just B Desing on the runway at last year's Birches benefit show. Below, Helena Stewart at last year's show.

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