More than 600 guests were treated to a runway presentation of spring fashion trends from Saks Fifth Avenue when Misericordia Women's Auxiliary hosted its annual Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Palmer House Hilton on March 27.
The afternoon began with a reception in the Red Lacquer Room, where attendees perused the silent auction. Popular items included artwork created by Misericordia residents.
The Rev. Jack Clair, Misericordia's assistant executive director, offered an invocation before Camille De Frank, Women's Auxiliary board president, welcomed guests.
"Misericordia is the gold standard for care for developmentally disabled kids and adults," De Frank said.
Before the fashion show, the Misericordia Heartbreakers performed. Five resident couples danced as David Nerychel, an instructor in the home's Hearts & Flour Bakery, sang "Dream Big" by Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband.
Sister Rosemary Connelly, Misericordia's executive director, spoke about the history of the North Side home that was originally the Angel Guardian Orphanage.
"We started Misericordia North in 1976 with 39 children. Today we celebrate the lives of 600 children and adults with developmental disabilities who call Misericordia home," Connelly said.
The event raised more than $240,000 for Misericordia Heart of Mercy Center's Open Hearts Open Doors campaign, which supports residential community expansion, programming and outreach.
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