Fashion with Compassion -Bayonne Women’s Club hosts Fashion Show for United Cerebral Palsy


By Evelyn Bonilla


The Bayonne Women’s Club is well-known to many throughout Bayonne for its charitable and humanitarian acts and since its inception in January of 2010 the women of this organization have helped to contribute to a multitude of causes. They volunteer in soup kitchens, gather donations for food pantries and in the annual “Relay for Life,” they do their part in the fight against cancer.

On Sat, May 5th, the Bayonne Women’s Club will host a fashion show, “Fashion with Compassion” to take place at St. Andrews School gym, 124 Broadway, Bayonne Doors open at 6:30 pm and the fashion show starts at 7 pm. Proceeds from the event will benefit the United Cerebral Palsy of Hudson County-Bayonne and will also help to replenish local food pantries.

Everyone who attends is asked to bring one non-perishable food item that will be donated to one of the many food pantries in the area. The club is accepting pet food donations, too.

“Fashion with Compassion” will feature models ages 3 to 78 and the categories are children 12 and under; teens and young adults 12-21; and adults 21 and up. The models are all local residents who are donating their time. Jennifer Auriemma, a former model and the organizer for the event says: “All the group’s members thought a fashion show would be a great idea. As a former model and graduate of the Barbizon School of Modeling, I taught the models how to walk the runaway, although, many look like they’ve been doing it for years.”

Another of the show’s organizers, Dawn Herring says everyone involved in the show is volunteering their time and some are donating fashions for the runway from their own closets.

“We’ve also worked to pull together wonderful fashions from many of the thrift stores throughout Bayonne,” Herring says, “and we have many different styles, from casual to evening wear. We also have a star model Angel Torres who is a member of the United Cerebral Palsy in Hudson County.”

The May 5th fashion show will feature music by DJ Ian and photography by Caryn La Greca. The admission price ($25 now; $30 at the door) includes a pasta dinner donated by some of Bayonne’s great restaurateurs. There will be door prizes, raffles and fashions and accessories worn by the models will be available for purchase.

President of the Bayonne Women Club, Mary Beales says the group’s focus is to help the community.

“The residents, local restaurants and local businesses have been so generous,” Beales says. “We would like to thank them all for their help and support. This is going to be a fun evening and we look forward to presenting this event in Bayonne.”

For tickets contact Linda Freeman at (201) 823-4508.

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