During a time in our history where men are afraid to even compliment a woman, it was an interesting twist when the first man made his way down the runway at this year’s Tapestry of Hope Fashion Show event. The crowd went wild when a very dapper man with a chiseled facial structure headed our way. It was like a scene out of a fairy tale, his great looks highlighted by perfectly calculated stage lighting. I have no doubt every woman in the crowd wanted to score his outfit for their very own man.
This was the first time in Hope’s Door New Beginning Center’s fashion show’s four-year history that men have donned the stage. Bar none - it has always been my favorite event of the year, however the added testosterone was the the icing on the cake (I prefer icing over cake any day). And … that wasn’t all, each attendee (the men, too) were gifted a scarf, hand-dyed by local artisans Christine Miller and Shannon Hardy. A few of the male attendees made the scarves their own, which made them instantly more handsome. Forget, “Real men were pink,” I am now thinking “Real men wear scarves.”
I can’t really say whether it was the men or the scarves which took the 2019 event to a ‘hole nutter level. Hundreds of attendees waved their one-of-a-kind scarves high over their heads in celebration of the fund-raiser which generates revenue for HDNBC, helping victims escape and heal from domestic violence. It is through this program they can seek shelter, counseling, legal support and transitional housing. As if those reasons alone are not enough to solicit donations, when men, scarves and fashion are thrown into the mix, donors are getting a lot of bang for their buck.
Start saving your pennies now, ladies, as the men will be returning for 2020’s event, slated September 11, at Hilton Granite Park. The venue is gorg, the menu delicious, the desserts irresistible and… drumroll, please… there may just be alcohol served for lunch. That’s right, this ain’t your average fundraiser. Oh, yeah, and the fashion is over the top, once again coming from our friends from Highland Park Village.
Between now and then, donate your well-loved but no longer needed home decor and fashion to their resale store at the Northwest corner of Parker and Custer in Plano. You can also donate gift cards valued at $20 or more to the center, so the clients can purchase a ham or turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas gifts for their children. Keep in mind, having the freedom to choose their own gifts when they have been told exactly what to do for such a long time, is a freedom they appreciate and enjoy. If you know or suspect someone is suffering from domestic violence, the hotline is answered 24 hours a day. 972.276.0057