Hospice fashion show to support grieving youths

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Countless volunteers have worked together to make this event special and it never disappoints. From clothing to music, dancing and eats, women come together in this event to help children from around the Valley who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

Most women love to shop, but the thousands of pieces coming off the Main Paige racks this week… well, let's just say styling this year’s Hospice Holiday Fashion Show models has taken months of work.

"Each of those [models] will wear anywhere from 8 to 12 outfits," Main Paige owner Beth Bauerle said. "Each of those outfits has 8 to 10 pieces."

Bauerle’s father told you have to give more than you take. When she moved to Grand Junction, she began looking for a program that would allow her to put something positive back into the community. She found that in the form of fashion and runways.

"[The fashion show] started many, many years ago. It's continued to grow. We're blessed to be able to do something for the community that's fun," she said.

This weekend, 30 models will hit the runway at the DoubleTree Hotel, wearing Main Paige clothing for Hospice.

"It’s a different type of fashion show; I always say it's not your mother's fashion show,” Hospice vice president of development Kathy O’Shea said of the annual event.

More than 600 guests are expected to attend the holiday fashion show and luncheon, Hospice's second largest fundraiser. Those involved with the extensive project will tell you it's no easy task to plan.

"We meet every month; we plan everything from the colors to the theme to the music that's designed," fashion show committee volunteer Bobbi Alpha said. Alpha has been on the committee since 1993.

Main Paige has dedicated months to choosing the clothes, having models fitted, and checking out the clothes so they can be worn down the runway. The fashion show committee and other volunteers began meeting in April. Through the months, they’ve worked to design gift baskets and set-up the impressive event at the DoubleTree Hotel. Though the fashion show is entertaining, these extraordinary women are also working to help children and teens who are grieving.

All proceeds from this weekend's shows and silent auction will go toward the Hospice child and teen grief programs which support more than 600 grieving hearts in the Valley each year.

“We help so many children who have lost loved ones in this community. It's a beautiful program," Alpha said.

For the volunteers, it's a way to give back to a community that's given them so much, but be a woman and shop and strut down the runway.

The fashion show will kick off Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Tickets to both shows have been sold out since last November’s shows ended.

The Hospice child and teen grief programs include counseling, school grief programs, summer camps and support groups.

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