When Kandy Barkley opened her Eye Kandy Boutique in the Center of Harmony on Mercer Street in Harmony over the summer, one of her goals was to provide fashion for women of all shapes and sizes.
And that’s exactly the type of women who will be featured Saturday in her first ever fashion show.
“I wanted to represent my customer, who is the everyday woman,” she said.
Indeed, some of the women walking in the show, which takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 17 in the upstairs community room at The Center of Harmony, are Eye Kandy customers and other friends from the area.
All proceeds from the event benefit Rosie Hope, a charity founded by 11-year-old Charlee Dawson, of Jackson Township.
A fifth-grader at Evans City Elementary, Charlee, the daughter of Barkely’s clothing vendor, Angie Dawson, raises money each year to buy Christmas presents for underprivileged children.
Barkley said Charlee finds the families by contacting area churches.
“She makes sure she buys the kids at least a winter coat and gloves, and some toys,” Barkley said.
As for the charity’s name, Rosie Hope is Charlee’s beloved Chihuahua.
Barkley said the event would feature food from local restaurants— including Goodfellos, Burgh’ers, Tin Man Sweets and DiBella Subs— a Chinese auction, live entertainment and vendor tables.
The fashions featured in the show all are clothing lines sold in the Eye Kandy boutique, Barkley said. The Velvet Boutique and Salon, also located on Mercer Street in Harmony, will style all models hair and makeup for the event.
“I wanted to give back and to make sure I had local businesses there,” Barkley said of the event.
Tickets to the show are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. There also will be VIP seats available for $20. The price includes reserved front row seating and a gift bag.
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