Es­tate Trea­sures hosts its an­nual fash­ion show

Record Observer - - News - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

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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PHOTOS BY MIKE DAVIS

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.

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