Estate Treasures hosts its annual fashion show
GRASONVILLE — The parking lot at Prospect Bay County Club was completely filled and people began parking in the grass along the road into the golf community as more than 200 people attended the Estate Treasures fashion show on Tuesday, Oct. 4.
Filled in the entr y hallway were clothing racks lined with fur jackets, long-sleeved dress shirts and other wearables to try on for potential purchase. Dress shoes, hats and accessories were also available for purchase from any of the “Stunning in Silver” attendees. All the items were saved throughout the year to be sold at the store’s main fundraiser, the annual fashion show. The best items, one Estate Treasures volunteer said, are held from being sold in the store until the event.
Models for the fashion show included Adele Degnan, Mary Houtz, Brenda Humphrey, Roz Laskin, Nancy Orzechowski, Penny Purcell, Courtney Williams and Pat Zoeckler.
For a quarter of a century, Estate Treasures, located at 17 Kent Towne Market in Chester, has been a money maker for parent organization Compass Regional Hospice, located in Centreville.
Estate Treasures is an upscale resale shop where all the items available for purchase were donated to the store. The shop is run completely by volunteers, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. In the fall, store hours are extended from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The store collects men’s and women’s casual, business and formal wear, as well as shoes, purses, accessories, books and DVDs, framed art, collectibles and household items.
Prior to the women walking the stage, a silent auction was held while attendees had time to shop and mingle.
All of the proceeds raised from Estate Treasures go directly to Compass Regional Hospice, outside of operational costs. Throughout the years it has been in existence, Estate Treasures has raised more than $2.1 million for hospice, said Heather Guerieri, executive director of Compass Regional Hospice.
Money raised from Estate Treasures has gone to support hospice’s Hope and Healing Center, its pre-hospice care and support effort called Bridges, its Compass Kids program and its grief support services. Grief support services includes funding for Camp New Dawn through the Hope and Healing Center, multiple counseling and support options as well as non-denominational spiritual counseling.
Guerieri thanked the volunteers for their hard work throughout the 25 years the store has been operating and supporting Compass Regional Hospice.
“We couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers,” she said. “They are truly the heart of Compass Regional Hospice.”
“Twenty-five years ago a group of volunteers had a vision to start a resale shop to raise funds for hospice with the goal that one day we would have a hospice facility,” Guerieri said. “The shop has been running for 25 years with all volunteers. The dedication they have given to the store and our mission is hands down selfless.”
Though Estate Treasures has been around for a quarter of a century, Compass Regional Hospice has been providing services in the county for 32 years. Two years ago the organization expanded its service into Caroline and Kent counties. Though the group aims to help people in the three counties, grief counseling ser vices are provided to anyone who has experienced a loss.
Sharon North, fashion show coordinator, thanked everyone for shopping at the store throughout the years and said she looks “forward to many more years associated with Compass Regional Hospice.
For more information about Compass Regional Hospice and its programs, including Estate Treasures, visit www.compassregionalhospice. org.
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Brenda Humphrey pauses on stage at Prospect Bay Country Club before walking the runway during the 2016 Estate Treasures fashion show on Tuesday, Oct. 4.
Adele Degnan models upscale resale clothing during the Estate Treasures fashion show held at Prospect Bay Country Club on Tuesday, Oct. 4.
Nancy Orzechowski, a model during the Estate Treasures fashion show at Prospect Bay Country Club in Grasonville on Oct. 4, makes a face before walking down the runway.
Mary Houtz, a model for the 2016 Estate Treasures fashion show, shows off her shoes while participating in the annual show. The fundraiser was held at Prospect Bay Country Club on Tuesday, Oct. 4.