OASIS Fashion Show Oct. 26
by Anna Oakes
Tickets are $60 and include dinner, a complimentary glass of wine, the fashion show and gift bags with more than $200 in local business gift certificates, coupons and products. In addition, ticket holders will automatically be entered in a raffle for one of five grand prizes.
“This is going to be a very glamorous event,” said Bishop Glover of Haircut 101. “We encourage people to dress to impress and think this will be a really fun event for men and women alike.”
On display will be holiday fashions, including party dresses, as well as some casual wear. M.C. Adams provides all apparel and accessories, and Haircut 101 will style the models’ hair. DJ Corey Brennan will provide the music.
At 10 p.m., Char will re-open the doors to the public for a masquerade-themed dance party, and the fashion show will run again at 11 p.m. A small cover will be charged. All proceeds from the fashion show and dance party will benefit OASIS, the women’s shelter and crisis agency serving Watauga County.
Haircut 101 spearheaded the first OASIS Benefit Fashion Show in March along with clothing boutique Gladiola Girls. The event, also held at Char, raised about $5,500 for OASIS.
“It really exceeded our expectations, honestly, in how generous all of the vendors and donors were … all the local businesses who donated,” Glover said. “I heard just tons of great things from people that came. I feel like it went really well, and it also was a learning experience. We want it more glamorous, more people, more of everything.”
Last year, OASIS provided services to 338 adult clients and 326 children.
“We responded to over 1,800 crisis and information calls,” said Rebecca Gummere, associate director of OASIS. “We’ve really seen our numbers just steadily increase.” Adult clients increased 30 percent from 2008 to 2011, while the number of children served increased 46 percent and the number of calls spiked by 121 percent, she said.
OASIS staff members will appear at the fashion show to speak about the organization and its services.
Gummere said she appreciates any opportunity to speak about the OASIS mission and “these opportunities to show how women can support each other.”
While OASIS staff salaries are supported by grant funding, OASIS annually must raise approximately 25 percent of its budget for shelter operations and other needs, which could range from purchasing a gas card for someone who needs to get out of town to buying medication for a woman who left them behind at an abusive home.
“Every dollar that goes to a ticket will benefit someone in the community,” she said. “We’re using those funds to directly support survivors of both domestic violence and sexual violence.”
Volunteers from the Appalachian Women’s Fund will sell masquerade masks at the event to raise money for its programs that benefit area women.
Raffle tickets are also on sale for multiple prizes, including a private Zumba class for the winner and friends, an acupuncture session, spa treatment, gift certificates, Appalachian Ski Mtn. lift tickets and more. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20, and you do not have to be present to win.
All tickets are available at Haircut 101 or M.C. Adams, located in downtown Boone.