Fund-raising is in style

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— Yampa Valley Medical Center's women's services will receive more money this year through the hospital's auxiliary annual Steamboat in Style fashion show.

At noon Sunday at the Sheraton Grand Ballroom, about 12 models that range in size will walk on stage, down a runway and through the audience displaying fall and winter fashions, jewelry and accessories from four local businesses.

In past years, the hospital has made a couple thousand dollars at the fashion shows; however, Barbi Johnston, auxiliary member, model and manager of Kali's Boutique, said she hopes it raises twice as much this year.

"We usually get a wish list from the doctors and nurses," Johnston said.

Past fashion shows have benefited women's services at the hospital including rebuilding the mammogram room and birth rooms of the old hospital and financing the chapel at the new hospital.

Participating stores include Kali's Boutique, Chez Nous, Bushwackers and Mango.

Those attending the event will receive 20 percent off coupons to each of the participating stores, as well as a chance to win door prizes and a brunch made by Sheraton Executive Chef Jacques Wilson.

Johnston said three sections make up the displayed fashions for Steamboat in Style: the most casual, semi-dressy and elegant.

Johnston said the most casual section includes leather, denim, pants and sweaters.

"It's for the casual day at the football game," Johnston said.

The semi-dressy section includes dresses, skirts and pantsuits, while the more elegant section will include dresses made of silk and velvet.

Johnston said the fashion show allows people to pick out their Christmas or New Year's outfits, or even items for weddings.

"We always walked through the audience because people like to feel the fabric," Johnston said.

Johnston was chair of the event for five years and said she had to take a break. But after a few years of not having a show, Johnston said fashion called her back to the fitting room.

"I always say I'm not going to do it. But it's so much fun when I get going," Johnston said. "Last year it was at the Grand and was a huge success. People were beating down the door the day of the event."

The Yampa Valley Medical Center Auxiliary is a fund-raising group for the hospital made up of about 60 members.

It was started about 25 years ago and continues to put on events such as Help at Hands, Rubber Ducky Race, Heeling Friends and Steamboat in Style.

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