Fashioneestas Strike Again

Community groups join forces to stage fashion show to raise money for homeless students


Payson Councilor Su Connell said she loved being part of last year’s Fashioneesta event.

Payson Councilor Su Connell said she loved being part of last year’s Fashioneesta event. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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On Saturday Oct. 13 models from the community will strut their stuff down the runway to help Payson’s displaced and disadvantaged youth.

In the audience, some of the town’s toniest residents will attend to support the cause, including Town of Payson Councilor Su Connell, who serves as this year’s vice-chair for the event.

She loved last year’s event. “I was glad to be a part of last year’s show. It was fabulous, fun and frivolous. Food was tremendous and plentiful,” she said.

The Rim Country Optimist club spearheads the event, but has received help from numerous other town organizations.

The Payson Senior Center will host the event.

Payson High School’s culinary arts department will prepare the gourmet lunch.

Girl Scouts will serve and students from the drama department will help out as well.

“Its going to be 10 times better than last year,” said event organizer and president of the Rim Country Optimist Club Joan Young.

She said last year, the event brought in $2,400 to aid the Payson Unified School District’s homeless students program. She hopes to increase that amount this year.

Already, all tickets have just about sold out.

“The Senior Center seats 120 and we have very few tickets left,” said Young.

Young said the event will start at 11 a.m. in the Senior Center. Attendees will have time to purchase raffle tickets and peruse the silent auction table before lunch is served.

Sandra Whitenack, the owner of the Boutique store in Payson will dress the six volunteers in fall-themed outfits from clothes, to shoes, to accessories.

“I’ll do something glitzy, fun and happy. One outfit will be dressy casual and the other dressy. Maybe something that can be used for a cruise,” said Whitenack.

The Boutique owner said that if attendees fall in love with an outfit, she will offer a 20 percent discount at the store, but she warned that she only purchases a few pieces in any one style. If the outfit from the fashion show does not fit, she can help pull together something that will.

To find out more information or ticket availability, please call Joan Young at (928) 472-2264.

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