Fashion show to hit the Bridge
Proceeds going directly to the service centre
The Bridge Adult Service Centre, informally known as the Bridge, is hosting its fourth annual fashion fundraiser later in August.
“The clients really love showing it off so it’s a lot of fun,” said Jessica White, a summerstudent worker. “It’s something that makes the clients feel good about themselves and special, so (attendees) can definitely expect a lot of laughs, a lot of smiles.”
The show, located at the Bridge, will happen Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m. The doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets can be bought prior to or at the door for $5.
Twenty-one clients will be modelling for what is expected to be a two-hour show. They will model three of their own outfits provided by Bargains at the Bridge, the used clothing store operated by the centre.
There will also be a 50/50 draw, door prizes, sweets, tea and coffee, with entertainment provided by Drew Polegato and client Sara Chappell.
The idea of doing a fashion show was originally suggested by Karen LeBlanc, a laundry customer at the time.
“The idea was so that people could understand what we did have here,” said White. “That it wasn’t just things with holes in it. We actually have pretty highquality clothing that comes through these doors.”
Proceeds are going directly to the Bridge. The centre also continuously runs a bottle drive fundraiser for a summer trip each year, with the upcoming Sackville, N.B., day trip happening Aug. 10.
The Bridge Adult Service Centre has served adults with intellectual disabilities in the Amherst area for over 47 years, providing programs, services and employment opportunities. It operates a used clothing store, laundry services and small assembly contract work.
Clients at the Bridge Adult Service Centre will be volunteering for the upcoming fashion show. Back row (left to right): Jason Chappell, Emily Fisher, Jesse Williams, Scott Park and Sara Chappell. Middle row (left to right): Jason Bourgeois, Sandra Taylor, Jenna LeBlanc, Elsie Pettigrew, Rebecca Sprague and Chelsea Dowe. Front row (left to right): Vikki Harrison, Chris Bradford, Gary Cormier and Patricia Spicer.