Fash­ion show to hit the Bridge

Pro­ceeds go­ing di­rectly to the ser­vice cen­tre

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY - BY CHELSEY GOULD CIT­I­ZEN-RECORD AMHERST

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.

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