Fashion reigns supreme at Verdi Club


By Joel Charron

The Verdi Club was fashion central as models took to the runway Sunday afternoon.

Amherstburg Community Services (ACS) partnered with Order of the Eastern Star (OES) Fort Malden Chapter 268 to host the first ever “Passion for Fashion.”

All proceeds from the fashion show will go towards the daily operations of ACS.


Jennifer Hawksworth is all smiles as she walks down the runway in a retro purple dress.

ACS executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo said roughly 175 people attended the afternoon lunch and fashion show.

“This is better than we expected being that it’s our first show. We are very pleased with the numbers,” she said.

DiBartolomeo noted that the family of Irene Zeiter-Smith donated a number of vintage outfits to ACS. The original goal of the donation was for the clothing to be part of the “Dress for Success” program but once Order of the Eastern Star Fort Malden chapter 268 wanted to do a fundraiser with ACS, things evolved into something much bigger.

“We wanted to do something different, something fun,” explained DiBartolomeo.

Along with the clothes donated by Zeiter-Smith, local businesses Our Place and the Towne Shoppe provided the latest fashion for the show. Ambiance Hairstyles and LA Hairstyles assisted the models with their hair, while St. Clair College esthetics program students provided the makeup.

DiBartolomeo said there were 16 models involved with the fashion show.

Amanda Drako throws up arms in the air modeling a blue and white floral print dress

Sheila Doiron, worthy matron of the local Order of the Eastern Star chapter, said when she discovered all the services ACS offers locally, she knew that was the cause she wanted to help this year.

“The Order of the Easter Star is pleased and proud to stand with Amherstburg Community Services to help with the good work they do for this community,” said Doiron.

OES chapter conductress, Sarah-Jane Doiron-Grant said her mother choose to support ACS because “charity starts in our own community.”

“All the great things ACS does for this community, it just made sense to partner with them,” said Doiron-Grant.




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