Photos from the 38th Annual Charity Fashion Show for ARHS at Blowing Rock Country Club

Published Friday, August 7, 2015 at 7:56 pm

By Jessica Isaacs

The Blowing Rock Country Club hosted a packed house on Friday for the community’s annual Charity Fashion Show, which brought friends and neighbors together with local clothiers to raise funds and awareness for the latest project of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System.

The 38th annual event supported Chestnut Ridge, a brand new 112-bed post-acute care facility that ARHS is building on 68 acres alongside the Blue Ridge Parkway. The new facility will offer short- and long-term rehabilitation services, skilled nursing care, memory care support and palliative care.

The day’s events began with a silent auction from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Event Executive Chair Suzanne Miller led with a welcome message and an introduction of this year’s Honorary Chairwoman, Marty Couch.

ARHS Senior Vice President of System Advancement Rob Hudspeth followed with a few opening remarks.

“As we make this move to Chestnut Ridge, I ask that you take great pride and satisfaction in knowing that you played a role in getting us there,” he said. “You made a difference in our community. You helped make a difference in the lives of patients.”

Betty Pitts led the invocation and a moment of silence for the life of Tacky Vosburgh, a past Honorary Chairwoman and Woman of the Year recipient.

Lunch and dessert were served before the show began.

Sporting the latest in fashions from local boutiques and establishments, participating models from the community walked the runway in support of Chestnut Ridge.

Miller, one of many dedicated volunteers, has put her heart and soul into the event for many years and was recognized as at the event as Woman of the Year. Her husband, children and grandchildren joined her on stage for the surprise announcement.

Local models included:

• Lyn Boyd
• Pat Collins
• Olga Fairbanks
• Joellyn Gibbons
• Renee Godwin
• Wendy Green
• Marianne Hall
• Gina Harwood
• Nancy Hershey
• Dee Lambeth
• Jenny Miller
• Pam Muma
• Shelby Ott
• Tiffany Taylor
• Katy Thompson
• Grace Will
• Cathy Williamson
• Vicki Worsham
• Susan Wright

Participating clothiers included:

• BJ’s Resort Wear
• Blowing Rock Estate Jewelry Antiques
• Carriage Trade Boutique
• Did Someone Say Party?
• Doncaster
• Mast General Store
• Monkee’s
• Take Heart
• South’s Specialty Clothiers
• The Dande Lion
• Watsonatta Western World

 

Fashion Show photos by Ken Ketchie.

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A crowd enjoys lunch at the Blowing Rock Country Club just before the annual charity fashion show on Friday.

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Honorary Chairwoman Marty Couch is pictured at the Blowing Rock Country Club at the annual charity fashion show.

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Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Vice President of System Advancement leads the fashion show with opening remarks.

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Mandy Poplin of Doncaster in Blowing Rock is pictured during the annual charity fashion show.

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Woman of the Year recipient Suzanne Miller is surprised on stage by the announcement and joined by her family.

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Woman of the Year recipient Suzanne Miller and husband Buzzy.

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