After a two-year hiatus, the Salvation Army Ladies Auxiliary Dallas Fashion Show and Luncheon‘s Chic Boutique should have been overflowing with a double dose of fashion at Meyerson on Tuesday, May 3. But to reduce the thousands of clothes that had been received during the 2021 Chair fashion show Kim Hext‘s (which suffered from the cancellation of the pandemic) then for 2022 Fashion Show Chair Nikki Webbit was decided to hold a two-day “First Call” mega shopping experience in the days before for subscribers and those who paid for the private sale experience.
Even so, there were hangers emblazoned with Lela Rose dresses and an array of racks labeled “Couture” on the upper level of the Meyerson. At one table were a dozen Manolo Blahniks, Oscars and other designer shoes. A few yards away were a few tables and racks of unnamed shoes chilling their heels, just waiting to be grabbed.
The man of the hour was a fashion curator Ken Weber, who had accepted Solomon’s mission to decide which donated clothes would reach the latest find. Like a world-class matchmaker, he helped guests find the right outfits to take home.
Down in the main hall, the greetings were in progress. For Longtime SAWA Volunteer / Margot Perot Service Awardee 2020 Carole Seayshe was a memory maker as she posed for pictures with friends like Melissa SherrillMary Appleton and Carol’s daughter-in-law Stephanie Seay and his mother Deborah WynneSAWA chair Elizabeth Gambrell2022 Margot Perot Service Awardee Kim Hext, Executive Committee Chair of the Salvation Army Board of Trustees Shelle Thresholds, Laura Downing, Angie Kadesky, John Pickens, Venice Stuart, Kelly Perkins, Su Su Meyer and sponsor of the Highland Park Village posse track (Victoria Snee, Reed Robertson, Sarah Branch, Emmy Berg, Isabelle Miller and Jessica Smokerman).
Called to the concert hall by the Meyerson chimes, guests were welcomed to the program by the master of ceremonies Jane McGarry and Nikki, who recognized the honorary president Ellen McStay and introduced the Salvation Army North Texas Area Commander Bethany Hawks.
For some, it would be their first and last chance to see Bethany, who along with her husband Major Todd Hawks was already preparing to head for another mission.
It was during the welcome that Bethany presented a video of the Salvation Army’s future plans for the North Texas region. For newcomers, the video featured a remarkable and innovative campus where healing and hope could take place with beautiful graphics, including a chapel.
For others, it was an official “tease” of things to come without details such as location, timing, fundraising goals, etc. Bethany said more would be revealed in the future.
To highlight the importance of the work the Salvation Army has put into helping those struggling with homelessness, poverty and addiction, Bethany featured another video from Tammy Finney, who provided a testimony of how the Salvation Army had been the turning point in his life.
After the awards presentation by Elizabeth and Nikki and Highland Park Village’s Victoria Snee and Reed Robertson Revealing fall’s key trends, the Drawer Set Fashion Show began with models of all ages, shapes and sizes in fashions that had been donated, updated and available for the highest bids.
As the latest model disappeared from the stage, guests adjourned to the lobby for lunch and to bid on the items that had just been previewed on the runway.