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Models and cocktails serve wonderful cause

Sarah Dixon
Special to the Daily Vail Valley Medical Center Volunteer Corps President Andy Searls and Raffle Chair Mary Ellen Cope.

Style, models, cocktails and a wonderful cause combined at the 2004 Vail Valley Medical Center Volunteer luncheon and fashion show, March 25.

Hosted by the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa, the event featured an extensive silent auction, a luncheon and designer clothing provided by Neiman Marcus Cherry Creek.

The real star of the event was the Vail Valley Medical Center Volunteer Corps, which organized the fund raiser. The proceeds from the event go to the Shaw Regional Cancer Center ‘s “Caring House,” a facility that houses cancer patients during their draining rounds of treatment.

Speakers touted the importance of the Caring House, reminding the audience that many patients cannot afford the expensive hotel rates in town. One patient was even forced to sleep in his car after an exhausting round of chemotherapy.

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The Shaw Center treats patients from six counties in the region. The Caring House allows out-of-town patients to relax and cope with their treatment, rather than making the sometimes long trip back and forth from home for each round.

The group of volunteers who worked most on the house became known as the Shaw Outreach team. And it is largely thanks to such fund raisers as the fashion show that their goal is becoming a reality.

The short film about the Caring House that opened fund raiser was followed by the fashion show. Flirty dresses, leisure suits, evening wear and fresh takes on athletic garb marched down the runway. From classic to daring to downright sassy, the show featured styles for everyone.

“Neiman loves doing this show here,” said Marriott Event Manager Catrina Mullins. “They do these shows in Denver a lot, but they don’t get the draw they do in Vail. There really isn’t anyplace in the Valley to get the newest fashion designs. You see a lot of women walk out of here with not just one item, but six or seven.”

And don’t think it was an event solely for the girls. The crowd featured several token men. “I was really impressed with the turnout of men,” Mullins said. “They obviously weren’t there for the sundresses – it’s great to see how much everyone supports this cause.”

In fact, it was supported right up to capacity – the sold-out show hardly fit in the Marriott ballroom.

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