Hospice Wellington raises $107,600 with a chic fashion event


Runway features models, hairstylists, and firefighters, oh my!

Runway, a signature fashion event from Hospice Wellington, was held at the Hanlon Convention Centre on May 6. The event included a number of fundraising efforts for Hospice Wellington, an end-of-life residence in Guelph.

Hospice Wellington serves the community by providing programs such as counselling, integrated wellness, youth programming, art therapy, and volunteer visiting.

The Runway fashion event was emceed by Magic 106.1’s Brad Hulme and Lisa Richards.

The night started with a reception, during which musician D’eve Archer entertained guests with her unique style of music.

The fashion show was split into two sections. The first showcased local fashion from stores including The Patch, Pod, Kennedy Park, Art of Denim, La Bottega, and Footwear Boutique. The second featured one-of-a-kind outfits and shoes created by Style on the Go.

Music and lights accompanied models who showed off a variety of clothing, including formal, beach, sleepwear, and everyday outfits.

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During the evening a mother–daughter duo—whose names we are not including out of respect for the family’s privacy—gave an emotional speech discussing their experiences with Hospice Wellington. After losing her husband, the mother started attending Hospice Wellington’s Art Studio.

“I am able to express my emotions without judgement or expectation,” she noted. “Hospice isn’t all about death. It’s about moving on.”

Her 11-year-old daughter discussed her experience with the art therapist and youth legacy program. She said that the projects she does as part of the youth legacy program “focus on a real community and nobody feels left out or alone.”

Through the art therapy, she felt connected to her loved ones that have passed; she added that Hospice Wellington is a “good place to lift your spirit.”

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Hospice Wellington partnered with Derrick Rutherford and Julio Rodriguez to create the event. The couple own Valentini Hair Design, represent Matrix hair care, and style celebrities and shows.

Rutherford and Rodriguez demonstrated their skills by styling four women live on stage. They also showed three before-and-after hair makeovers they had given the models.

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The Guelph Firefighters supported the event by greeting guests and selling swag bags. In addition to the swag bags, funds were raised through a live auction, raffle prizes, and ticket sales. According to Hospice Wellington’s executive director, Todd Fraleigh, the Runway event raised $107,600, with a profit of $57,000.

Photos by Tasha Falconer.

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