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Fashion shows for a good cause

Carolyn Pope
Carolyn Pope/Vail Daily Hilda O'Farrill and Nair Imhof of Mexico City.

VAIL – There are many ways to raise funds for a nonprofit other than the standard ways we all experience – letters, phone calls, fundraising parties.One of the easiest ways is to integrate something all we women are fond of and skilled at – shopping. On Dec. 17, Susan Frampton invited many of her girlfriends – and a few men, too – to shop for some lovely clothes at her home in Vail and to enjoy a winter afternoon noshing on food served by Restaurant Kelly Liken.

The clothing was Malo, an exquisite line of clothing out of New York, and the beneficiary was the Resource Center of Eagle County. Malo, founded in 1972, has its roots in cashmere. Malo’s emphasis on color was a turning point in the world of cashmere knitwear – taking over the management of the whole chain, from raw material to finished product, and focusing on absolute quality was a winning strategy.

They have moved beyond cashmere to ostrich, crocodile and nappa leather for boots and bags, clothing for men and babies, and home accessories.As the guests made their purchases, they were also aware they were helping out in the community. A percentage of the sales went to the Resource Center, which operates a 24-hour crisis line and safe house for domestic violence and sexual assault victims as well as the youth-mentoring buddies program and the childcare resource program.

The center also runs Courtwatch, which works closely with police, prosecutors and domestic violence programs to ensure that victims rights are respected in the legal system. “Our safe house is full with nine women and 12 children,” said Frampton, who is also a on the Resource Center’s board. “We hoped it wouldn’t always be full, but it is. We’re also supporting transitional housing for those leaving the safe house.”

For more information on the Resource Center of Eagle County, call 949-7097.

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The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

‘Everyone’s a winner’On another note, the Four Seasons broke ground this month at the site of the old Chateau Vail. It was another exciting day in the future of Vail Village, bringing in one of the finest hotel chains to our humble little hamlet.

Although we won’t see the finished product for a few years, Vail Resorts has pledged its ongoing support to the developers. “The addition of the Four Seasons brand to Vail will bring a new standard of service and excellence to one of North America’s premier mountain getaways,” said T.J. Brink, vice president of Black Diamond ResortsVail LLC.

“Located at the gateway to Vail Village, this new project, which combines Four Seasons Resort Vail and Four Seasons Residences Vail, will quickly become the address of choice for discerning guests and owners alike,” Brink said. “Everyone’s a winner.”

Rumor has it one Singletree lady is getting in the habit of running around her house in her birthday suit, her only accessory her new Nano iPod. Her husband thinks she should be in ads for Apple.

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