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At the end of January, First Community Village held its most recent community fashion show, with members of our senior living community taking part as both participants and spectators.
Following the event, we reached out to Fran Welsh, Life Enrichment Director, who was the coordinator of the event and also a model in it. Read on for details!
Can you tell us a little bit about the fashion show? What activities are included? What does it take to put a show like this together?
The modeling itself takes place during a luncheon. The bulk of the prep falls on the store supplying the clothes, and Leal Boutique from right up on Arlington Ave. asked if they could be involved in this year’s event.
I line up models and the store makes appointments for them to come in and pick out clothes and get them fitted. The store brings the clothes on racks the morning of the show and the models meet at about 11 o’clock for a walk through, then one by one during lunch they change in a room we set up off the dining room.
A National Church Residences staff member, who is a Mary Kay representative, touches up the makeup. A store representative provides the commentary from the mic we have set up as models stroll between tables. I purchase invitations, and flowers, and do the publicity.
How long has the fashion show been an event at First Community Village?
Our first show was in 2014 followed by one in 2017, and now 2018.
They've been so well received that we're considering doing one every year.
How many participants do you tend to have?
This year we had five residents, one regular volunteer, and myself as models. Last year we had a 95-year-old resident with a walker as one of our models. She had to stop at several tables and talk. The ladies loved her. I think everyone enjoys seeing their peers on the “runway.”
What’s the reaction been like from seniors, whether as participants or spectators?
The dress shops who participate provide very elegant clothes, and seeing how great they look on older women makes the audience realize that they too can be glamorous. It's a real mood booster. Everyone leaves happy especially if the food is excellent, as ours was. We've had a full dining room at all three shows.
How did this year’s show go in comparison to others?
We were a little more relaxed during this year's show since we've had some experience, but the audience reaction has been the same each time – greatly enthusiastic.
Sounds like the show was a rousing success! We’d like to thank Fran Welsh, Leal Boutique, and our staff members and volunteers for all their hard work in producing something very special for our residents.
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