Famous fashion designers showcase designs at fundraiser in Rochester


Katerina Bocci, an internationally recognized designer who just launched a luxury bridal collection, will have her work featured at the Grace Centers of Hope's 19th Annual “Women Helping Women” Luncheon and Fashion Show. File Photo
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Grace Centers of Hope presents the 19th Annual “Women Helping Women” Luncheon and Fashion Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 6 at the Royal Park Hotel, 600 E. University Dr., Rochester.

The event will showcase some of Michigan’s top fashion designers who will feature the hottest spring fashion trends. Tickets are $100 and include a silent auction preview, luncheon and fashion show. All proceeds will benefit the women’s programs at Grace Centers of Hope.

“It was just one year ago when we opened our new William A. Davis Women and Children’s Center, which allowed us to serve more people in need,” said Grace Centers of Hope CEO Pastor Kent W. Clark. “This would have not been possible without the generous support of those who attend events like Women Helping Women and from those who graciously give on a daily basis to support our mission.”

The Michigan designers showcasing their work at the event are: Bonnie Foley, creator of Christian LaRue; Katerina Bocci, an internationally recognized designer who just launched a luxury bridal collection; and Cynthia LaMaid who has dressed stars such as Jennifer Aniston and Lenny Kravitz. In additional to professional models, women and children enrolled in programs at Grace Centers of Hope will be modeling the latest spring trends created by the designers in the fashion show.

“Women Helping Women” begins with a silent auction preview featuring items valued up to $7,500. This includes vouchers from Delta Airlines that can be used anywhere in the world, blue topaz and diamond earrings, a day of beauty at Luigi Bruni Salon, a shopping spree provided by the Village of Rochester Hills, autographed football memorabilia, exciting sports equipment and more. The silent auction is followed by a luncheon and high-energy runway show featuring fashion from the three top Michigan designers.

Morning host on WXYZ TV-7 Ann Marie LaFlamme will serve as this year’s mistress of ceremonies for the first time. A Rochester Hills native, LaFlamme is a champion for women and children, working to recruit potential foster parents and find loving families for foster children in Michigan. She is heavily involved in supporting people in the community that she lives and works in.

Through a comprehensive range of programs for individuals and families, Grace Centers of Hope daily confronts and solves issues of homelessness, addiction, neglect, poverty and spiritual emptiness. The nonprofit organization’s $8.2 million annual budget is maintained solely through corporate and private donors. It does not accept any government assistance.

Grace Centers of Hope programs include: One-Year Life Skills program, providing job skills classes, and mentoring; Children’s Program, which offers pre-school and infant day care opportunities through its Hands of Hope Childcare Center, educational and recreational activities, parent support and case management; and After-Care Program that offers program graduates ongoing counseling as well as residential support in its Little Grace Village, a community of single and multi-family homes located in downtown Pontiac.Read more at:formal wear sydney