On April 12, a fashionable health tradition returns in the annual Carroll Hospital Auxiliary Fashion Show, a fundraiser for Carroll Hospital with a multi-decade history.
“We have had this fashion show for 59 years, and the auxiliary is celebrating their 60th anniversary this year,” said Mary Richards, director of volunteer services at the hospital, “so we’ve been doing this a long time.”
This year the fashion show will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at Martin’s Westminster, according to Richards, and will feature a seated lunch, a 50/50 raffle, makeup demonstrations, hospital gift store items for sale, and, of course, the fashion show itself.
“We have a runway, it’s a T-shaped runway, or a cross, and we have 13 models and one baby this year,” she said. “They all go up and down the runway and show beautiful clothes from the gift shop, the Wellness Boutique or Boscov’s. We like to show the current trends in fashion and some fun additions to liven up the show.”
New this year is a shift to holding the event from the middle of the week to a Friday as well as an “after party,” select, extended festivities from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. after the main show, according to Richards.
“Our attendees can register and stay and we will have some prizes, additional makeup demonstrations, a photo booth,” she said. “We might be doing a cupcake and wine pairing. We will have a construction cocktail bar.”
“We do need people to buy tickets before the event,” Richards said. “We do sell them up to the week of, but in years past we have filled the room. So better to call early than not.”
Proceeds from ticket and sales of times at the event go toward the Auxiliary’s fundraising project of the past two years, a three-year commitment to raise $375,000 each of those years for the renovation and expansion of the hospital’s family birthplace facility.
“It used to be we put them in a special care nursery, but in this concept you keep the baby with the mom and the family,” she said. “Rather than discharging the mom and keeping the baby in the hospital, if at all possible, the parents will stay with the child. It’s a better outcome for the baby for recovering and thriving, and it’s also less stressful on the family.”
The family birthplace renovation has been proceeding in phases, Richards said, and has remained operational during more than a year of construction work scheduled to be completed in August. The total cost for the project is expected to be $13.5 million.
In the meantime, those looking for fun a fashion flair can make their own contribution by coming out to the show, according to Richards.