This is not your average fashion statement. The young men and women from Leake & Watts’ Fashion Club are set to show Westchester that one can overcome life’s hurdles when there is determination and support—and it can be done in style.
This Saturday, April 9 the spotlight will be on the models at Leake & Watts’ Caring Couture Fashion Show Fundraiser at The Westchester.
The Fashion Show is set to begin at 2 pm in the mall’s first level, by Nordstrom. Attendants will get the chance to support the runway stars—young people from difficult backgrounds who are turning their lives around—and the organization that works to ensure they reach their goals.
The models are young adults and teenagers who have decided they are more than their set of obstacles, which may include emotional trauma, developmental disabilities, or behavioral issues.
Belinda Conway, Associate Executive Director of Leake & Watts, says the Fashion Show is more than just a fun activity for members of the Fashion Club.
“Club members are serious about what they do. They study fashion, learn about hair and makeup, and master how to walk with confidence down a runway,” she says. “We are teaching young people that they have great potential, that they can be successful. That’s a powerful thing.”
There will be raffle tickets on sale, giving the audience a chance to win prizes from Salon 421, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, Westchester Wine Warehouse, Red Hat on the River, and The Art of Shaving, among others. Leake & Watts will also auction a chance to test-drive a Tesla Motor Car for 24 hours.
Tickets for Caring Couture are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and can be purchased online at www.leakeandwatts.org/caringcouture.
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The Fashion Club is just one way in which Leake & Watts works to improve the lives of thousands of youths and families in disadvantageous circumstances. The Yonkers-based nonprofit has over 40 programs in more than 20 locations in Westchester, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Northern Manhattan.
Their programs include foster care and adoption, special education for kids with developmental or behavioral issues, juvenile justice, and support of adults with disabilities.