Catwalk for Kids: Fashion Healing Children
“We’re firemen in stilettos,” according to handbag designer and Catwalk for Kids founder Mary Norton. “We’re putting out emergencies.” Mary started her charity events in her hometown of Charleston and chose Richmond for the first of many cities in its international expansion. Held in the RVA Fashion Week Finale tent, the event was a luncheon, fashion show, auction and concert benefiting the Children’s Hospital of Richmond Pediatric Cardiology Division. Funds raised were directed to the purchase of a Cypress Cardiovascular System. Several past patients of Dr. Moskowitz and the Children’s Hospital spoke movingly before the start of the auction.
The previous day, Mary Norton, Amy Smilovic of Tibi, and others from Catwalk for Kids went to the Children’s Hospital and made handbags with the children. These purses along with ones donated by celebrities were auctioned by a auctioneer wearing heels (the heels raised an additional $10,000 for the cause). Purses were donated by Carrie Underwood, Steven Colbert, Kirstin Stewart, Gabrielle Union, Amanda Peet, and Tinsley Mortimer. Many purses came with a package of gifts such as tickets, hotel stays or in Stephen Colbert’s case, a signed note. A special Richmond package included tickets to upcoming concerts and a basketball signed by the entire VCU team at the Final Four.
Of course, the other focus of the event was the fashion show from Tibi, a replica of the New York Fashion Week show that showcased the bright colors and prints of the line, and musical entertainment from Susan Greenbaum and American Idol contestant (and Short Pump native) Zak Resnick.
Katherine McEachern is a newcomer to Richmond who enjoys soaking in all the city has to offer. She works for a local nonprofit and has a side business making jewelry from vintage and repurposed materials. Her style was recently described as bohemian prep. Katherine blogs on design, food, fashion and exploring life in Richmond here and can be found on Tumblr and Twitter.
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