Red Hat Ladies charity fashion show is remarkable success

Last updated on June 15th, 2017 at 11:45 am

Red Hat Society Queen Mother Geraldine Yokley. (photo by D. Culp)

Red Hat Society Queen Mother Geraldine Yokley. (photo by D. Culp)

The Essence of Beauty Fashion Show and Luncheon presented by the Nashville Chapter of Dazzling Red Hat Sisters of The Red Hat Society was a remarkable success. It proved to be a ‘fun-raiser’—raising money and loads of fun too. It’s an annual event taking place at the Fifty Forward Knowles Center, and it played to a packed audience. The chapters Crown Queen Mother Geraldine Yokley was just proud as any traditional mother would be of her models. Amid a sea of the organization’s strong colors of purple and red was an array of 29 beautiful models strutting their stuff to a roaring crowd via the open floor runway.

The fashion scenes included popular theories in six scenes, including: 1) ‘Let’s Do the Twist,’; 2) ‘Wild, Wild West,’ (urban cowgirls); 3) Sunday Times Magazine (church lady); 4) ‘Breezy Beaches,’; 5) ‘The Goal Line’ (sports themed); and 6) ‘Bedazzled Bedazzling’ (dressy dress up wear).

Twenty-nine gorgeous models put their best feet forward for the unforgettable show and fun-raiser. They ranged from short to tall, in a variety of sizes, ages, beautiful colors and body types. Each brought their own exclusive flair to the proverbial table as they took command of their specific scenes.

This year’s talented model showcase consisted of Mary Adams; Faye Bowers; Detriea Burr; Janet Clark; Karon Coffee; Bulah Crowder; Mary Crowder; Nashville Pride Publishing Group’s own Deborah A. Culp; Tiare Douglas; Becky Eades; Joyce Engle; 54th District Tenn. State Rep. Brenda Gillmore; Sherron Heyward; Judy Holmes; Darlene Jones; Starlet Jones; Jan King; Leona Mayo; Ethel Montgomery; Ruby Moore; Jean Dickerson; Faye Owens; Vesta Patrick; Zandra Petway; Mildred Phillips; Carolyn Walls; JoAnn Washington; Barbara Williams; and Kendra Yokley.

What is a charity fashion show or event for women without vendors? From the lines in the vestibule, they too took center stage with their amazing assortment of wares. Theresa Best (pronounced Thur-res-ah), Kathleen Hollins, Ethel Montgomery, Latonia Smith and Dottie Wattie put ‘splash in the pan’ and created quite a buzz in the interim.

Door prizes were given and the raffle process grew quite intense over the sparkle and glitz of the prize bags and the prizes as well. As the tasty lunch was served, ‘Steppers From Our Roots’ (some local talented youth) enhanced the program with interpretive dance presentations.

When asked why the colors purple and red were chosen to represent this worldwide organization? Lady Deborah Carpenter said: “The color red equals power and purple equal’s royalty.”

The confirmed members of their chapter include: Carolyn Allen, Faye Bowers, Sandra Bryant (vice queen), Deborah Carpenter, Bulah Crowder (co-vice), Mary Crowder, Martha Goins, Navita Gunter, Judy Holmes, Willa Howard, Alma London, Ivory McDowell, Elayanne Parker, Charlene Perry, and Geraldine Yokley (queen mother). Also, ‘gone but not forgotten’ Carrie Jones – sunrise, Sept. 27, 1942; sunset, Feb. 13, 2017. Red Hat Society members empower each other to pursue their passions and discover all that life has in store. Members support one another through all of life’s challenges and celebrations. The Red Hat Society is a global society comprised of women from all walks of life who are committed to joyful living, growing, exploring new interests, having fun and creating new friendships.

The Red Hat Society is celebrating 20 years of being a playgroup for women created to connect with like-minded women, and to make new friends and enrich lives through the power of fun and friendship.

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