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House of Hope fashion show features recycled clothes

By Jennifer Garcia

Recycled fashion will be the focal point of House of Hope’s High Tea and Fashion Show at 2 p.m. Aug. 28 in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.

Attendees will be treated to a fashion show with clothing provided by TOTH’s “Shop on the Corner” Thrift Store; a silent auction; a TK Print or Kirchner Quilt raffle; sweet and savory treats and of course, tea. Tickets may be purchased for $20, or $10 for children younger than 12.

For the past four years, House of Hope has raised money to fund their annual trips Juárez, Mexico, where Los Alamos women have built houses for the needy. This year, the group will use the proceeds from the fashion show and high tea to support the House of Hope Women and their house-building mission work.

Lynn Finnegan, a member of Trinity on the Hill, who is also handling publicity of the fashion show, said the event is a new fundraising concept for the church.

“Every year we build a house and have to raise money for house materials,” Finnegan said. “We came up with the idea for a fashion show.”

Members of the church and other volunteers will model the fashions from the thrift shop, paired with some of their own clothing. Finnegan said all types of clothes will be shown. The 15 models participating in the event include children, women of all ages and one male. The fashions will be available for purchase from the thrift store.

 “We’ll have real china and we encourage people to dress up for the occasion,” Finnegan said. “We have one member on our team from Britain, who will make sure that we have proper black tea. Treats are being prepared by the House of Hope.”

Finnegan said she realizes not everyone will be interested in attending a fashion show and tea party, but the event will give community members a chance to mingle.

She said the show is a chance for mothers and daughters to have a special day out, but did point out that men are invited, too.

“It’s not just a women’s affair,” Finnegan said. “There’s plenty of seating right now.” Finnegan said the church has been very successful with fundraisers in the past and they’ve had a fair amount of community support.

“It’s more than a fashion show. We’ll have really wonderful gift baskets available for auction and it’s support for a great cause,” Finnegan said. “We’ll showcase some really neat finds.”

Cathy Walters has been the team leader for the House of Hope women on their trips to Juárez and said it’s an honor to have been the team leader.

She said the cooperation and friendships that have been forged as the women try to serve God by going where He has directed them to go has been priceless.

“Each October we have traveled to Juárez, we feel that we have been blessed far more than the families for whom we have built a house," Walters said.

 Besides all this, theyhave really had a lot of fun on their adventures, she said. They couldn’t have done any of their mission work without the prayers and financial support of their friends, families and faith communities back home. This includes people who have participated in theirr fundraisers over the years.