ELIZABETHTOWN – Locally owned and operated Vanessa G. Photography recently hosted its first annual VGP Fashion Show fundraiser event at Lu Mil Vineyard on April 10.
Vanessa G. Photography senior models were featured on the runway wearing a broad selection of current fashions from local boutiques like The Ladies Shop & Fisher’s Men’s Store of Elizabethtown, Lee Lee’s Boutique of Whiteville, Rebecca’s of Clinton, and All Occasions & Bridal of Lumberton.
In preparation of the event, Vanessa G. Photography sought out other local businesses to participate and feature their specialty. In addition to those previously mentioned, also included was the Bladen Community College Cosmetology Department, headed by Aubrey Lewis, who provided the hair and makeup.
In an effort to give back to the community and support a local worthy cause, VGP chose A Shelter Friend as the charitable organization to benefit from the VGP Fashion Show ticket sales, which resulted in a donation totaling $1,246.24 to support the work in rehabilitating local animals that might otherwise be euthanized. These animals are not only healed and rehabilitated, they are placed in adoptive homes, often out of state. ASF walked one of their own, a certified therapy dog named Molly, down the runway during the show. She sported a shiny black coat and a small red bandana around her neck. Learn more about A Shleter Friend and their Pet Responsibility Education Program for school children on their website: http://www.ashelterfriend.org
Dance Infinity provided entertainment for the show with one of their dance teams. Entertainment was also provided by two of the VGP senior models and singers Hayley Hall and Adam Rutland. Other VGP models who walked the runway while representing schools from Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, New Hanover, Robenson, and Sampson counties were: Aleigh Bridgers, Allison Thompson, Alyssa Hamilton, Amanda Sutton, Ben Rains, Colby Lewis, Courtlyn Harris, Erica Echevarria, Joshua Dukic, Kaitlin Vallerie, Kelly Allen, Lindsey Britt, Madison McLamb, Michala Robinson, Peyton Fisher, Sara Housand, Savannah Kinlaw, and Windy Daniels.
Visit the VGP High School Seniors Facebook page to see runway styles from the featured boutiques or the VGP YouTube channel to see a short video of the event.