Get ‘slightly fancy’ at Project REALway in Eagle
EAGLE — Let’s face it, there’s not many dress up occasions in Eagle, Colorado.
But what the town lacks in formality it more than makes up for with philanthropy. This Friday the organizers of Project REALway hope to combine those community characteristics for a fashionably fun event to benefit families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.
Project REALway is the brain child of Mary Clare Silva, owner/operator for First Chair Creative, and Delphine Gennisson, Parisian U personal styling and shopping.
“Last summer Delphine came over for coffee to chat about an idea. She wanted to do something fashionable in Eagle, something to share all that Parisian U is about. Something that would inspire us and show us how to feel good in our own skin; something fabulous and fun,” said Silva.
While the two women were enthused by the idea of hosting a fashion-centered event, they also wanted to party with a purpose.
“We discussed the importance of benefiting a worthy organization — something to help our neighbors, friends, and Eagle families and something that connected with this vision that we had for the women of our area who needed inspiration or a way out,” said Silva. “An empowering, yet attainable, fashion show of real women in real clothes for Bright Future Foundation became our concept.”
Silva noted that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Bright Future Foundation provides many valuable services to the community including the prevention and intervention of domestic violence and sexual assault.
“Project REALway will feature accents of purple (the color of Domestic Violence Awareness month) and we’ll even have a beautiful Dee Ocleppo purple purse on auction at the event,” she said.
While its mission is to help families in need, Project REALway also promised to be a really good time. Silva said the idea is to hold a fabulously styled event with a reasonable ticket price. After all, reasonably priced fabulousness is what Parisian U is all about.
Silva noted that, through her business, Gennisson works with clients to first cleanse their closets and then build an attainable but fashionable wardrobe that isn’t anchored with yoga pants and sneakers.
“Delphine ends up saving her clients lots of money,” said Silva.
The models at Project REALway will be local woman attired in clothing from local boutiques. Silva said various retailers from throughout the valley have stepped up to support the event. Likewise Red Maple Catering, 808 Distillery, Bonfire Brewing and Mountain Flour will be providing food and libations. A $50 general admission ticket includes one drink, food, fashion show, dj and dancing, dessert, cash bar and silent auction. VIP (Very Inspirational Philanthropists) tickets include all of that plus an additional drink, coat check service, front row seats, and a gift bag.
“We wanted this evening to be a great date night or a ladies night out,” said Silva. “You could easily spend the same amount on a casual night out to dinner and a drink — with Project REALway you get so much more and you get to help out our community.”
As for attire and attendance, Silva said this is the time to dress up and hire a babysitter.
“This is a 21 and older event. Sometimes it’s good for parents to get away for an evening,” said Silva. “Project REALway will be slightly fancy. We all own an old cocktail dress to wear and everyone is invited.”