The director of Shepherd's Staff has dreams and visions for the organization that serves the needy, but she also has her feet on the ground.
Kathy Brown said the "ecumenical Christian outreach" organization, supported by about 30 Westminster-area churches, can't keep its blessing closet well stocked, its new soup kitchen serving Friday meals and its office solving the problems of impoverished people without helping hands and donations.
She plans a fashionable evening fund-raiser at 7 p.m. Monday. Eighteen models will parade the latest winter fashions down a runway at Wilhelm Ltd. Caterers on Route 140 in Westminster.
Ms. Brown lined up sponsors to defray the costs of staging the show, and the Aid Association for Lutherans has promised matching funds.
"This event will probably be all profit," she said.
She wants to maximize the profit potential.
The fashion show could enrich Shepherd's Staff by about $2,000, if it sells out. Ms. Brown said she had hoped to sell 300 tickets to the show.
With only 100 tickets sold as of Wednesday, she was falling far short of her goal.
Admission is $7 and a donation of a "blessings" item -- paper products, toiletries, diapers, detergents. Shepherd's Staff will pass the blessings on to the Neighbors in Need holiday giving program and use the proceeds for its own programs.
Tickets are available at the staff offices at 165 E. Main St., Westminster, and will be available at the door Monday.
For the admission price, patrons will see fashions from Leggett's Department Store, taste light fare from Wilhelm's and hear holiday music from the Western Maryland College Madrigal Singers. They also may win a door prize.
The evening also will be an occasion for playing "getting-to-know-us."
"The community needs to know what we have done and what we want to do," said Ms. Brown. "We cross religious lines and are all working for the common good."