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You Wear it Well, Floyd!

~ The following is a sampling of photos that was published in The Floyd Press September 17, 2009.
1. Last weekend I took pictures for our local newspaper of the second annual Fashion Show and Silent Auction, held in the backyard garden of Jeanie and Tom O'Neill. The event is a fundraiser to benefit the New River Community Action's Emergency Assistance Fund, which helps local residents in need with their heating bills and other necessities. In a café setting, amongst pots of marigold and greenery strung in lights, ticket holders enjoyed wine and appetizers, models showcased clothing from local stores, and a musical trio entertained.
2. Host and emcee Jeanie O'Neill (left) provided a number of outfits from her line of originally designed clothing and accessories, like this ensemble, modeled by Carol Agee.
3. Little Dress Shop owner Mary Gardner, dressed and accessorized in items from her shop, posed with interior decorator Cindy Murphy. Murphy's Jeanie O'Neill ensemble is completed with one of O'Neill's signature designer bags and trendy jewelry from O'Neill's Main Street Boutique.
5. Joy Gardner walked the grassy runway in a suit from the Little Dress Shop.
6. Louise Thompson and Tom O'Neill in formalwear from the Little Dress Shop. The couple paired up for several runway walks that were highlighted with a few dance steps and the O'Neill's family dog, Max.
7. Model Susan Warner in a dress from Winter Sun posed with Temple Garrison who was decked out in a 1700's midnight blue velvet tux from Floyd Antiques. Clothing from The Meadows and The Floyd Country Store was also represented.
8. Kay Gardner, a Friday night Jamboree regular, modeled an outfit from Angels in the Attic "You'll see this at the Jamboree," O'Neill announced to the crowd. The outfit cost $25.
9. Pat Shelor, the fashion show organizer, said her outfit was custom fit and versatile. She later paired her O'Neill handmade jacket with a skirt and changed her accessories for a whole new look.
10. The models gathered for a group finale shot. O'Neill thanked them and asked the audience to mark their calendars for next year's show.

Photos from last year's fashion show are HERE.


Hi Colleen. Dropped by from Tanya's on this quiet Sunday to let you know how much I appreciate your sharing moments like this with us. There's a spirit in everything you write and shoot that paints vivid pictures of a place I think we all want to call home.

This makes me wish it could be more than a mere wish.

I like fashion shows, especially when there are models you know. When Heather worked at the Dress Barn, she was in one and did a good job.
It must have been fun for you watching as well, seeing that you went to modeling school. xo

It was a fun event to cover and I loved that it raised money for the NRCA's emergency fund.

Nice event. Looks like people had fun. The vintage dress is my fav.

Wish I could alter clothes I find. So many are so close to right but stitch switched would fix it.

It is encouraging to see models of 'a certain age' there in Floyd....Here in Los Angeles all we ever see are young anorexically thin girls, not a lot of lovely mature women who look real! I hope it raised a lot of money....It certainly is a worthy cause, Colleen.

Awesome show, delightful models and terrific clothes! I shop at several of these places myself (especially Angels!)

Looks as if you had a great time and raised some money as well! The little handbag in shot 3 looks as if it deserves a closeup as well!

And completely off topic, you said you'd never seen a folding bike... heres a you tube demo of one like mine :-)

you guys just keep on having fun! great seeing models we can all identify with!

Love the bike!

I just love the whole idea of this!

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