, Muskogee, OK

April 27, 2013

Colors of Summer: Fashion show and luncheon fundraiser for Salvation Army after-school program

By Leilani Roberts Ott
Phoenix Correspondent

— The Colors of Summer will be flowing down the runway when the Salvation Army Auxiliary Fashion Show and Luncheon is held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Muskogee.

The fellowship hall of the church will give those making a $12 donation a place to sit at decorated tables listening to Bob Bell play the piano while they lunch on salad and dessert created by Jasper’s Catering. Karen Keith is the master of ceremonies.

“It’s a big affair and everyone goes home with a door prize,” said Charlene Schoeppel, who has been an auxiliary member for about 30 years.

Betty Franks, auxiliary president and member since 1989, said the annual fundraiser benefits the after-school program at the Salvation Army Church on Independence Avenue. Last year, the event raised more than $4,000. She said they receive donations from several businesses and appreciate First Baptist allowing them to use the fellowship hall.

The highlight of the event are the fashions presented by Dillard’s and Bella Mea’s. Models for Dillard’s are Francie Wright, Brinda Grigsby, Teresa Scott, Elva Nunn, Kasa Watson, Lori Fulbright and Cynthia Fields. Bella Mea’s models are Sue Vanderford, Toni Bradley Smith, Holly Rosser Miller, Patty Kolb, Charlene Schoeppel, Shirley James, Linda Bockius and Caren Patterson.

LeAnne Cox, ladies sales manager at Dillard’s, and Billie Flinn, owner of Bella Mea’s, said spring and summer fashions are all about color. The models will each wear two different outfits. For Bella Mea’s, guests will see long flowing gypsy skirts, mazi dresses, capris and tops in fushia, cobalt blue, orange and turquoise. She’ll also introduce Amour Bert — a line of clothing made of organic cotton.

“There’s lots of lace and lots of colored scarves,” Flinn said.

She’ll also bring some “pretty” jewelry by Brighton.

Cox said the styles from Dillard’s are “soft, flowy fabrics.” Color bottoms are popular in all bright colors like coral, greens and blues. She too will send models in maxi dresses.

“The fashions remind me of the early ’80s,” she said. “Dresses are really hot.”

Cox and Flinn said they participate in the fashion show because it’s a good cause that helps the community.

Franks said the auxiliary does it “for the children.”

If you go

WHAT: Colors of Summer Salvation Army Auxiliary Fashion Show and Luncheon.

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Friday.

WHERE: First Baptist Church, 111 S. Seventh St.

TICKETS: $12 at the door or in advance at the Salvation Army Church, 700 Independence Ave.; and Bella Mea’s, 1601 E. Okmulgee Ave.

INFORMATION: (918) 683-7764.