Vail Valley Scenery: Project REALWAY raises money for Bright Future Foundation
When two women get an idea in their heads, nothing can hold them down.
For Bright Future Foundation, that’s a good thing. Mary Clare Silva (First Chair Creative and Beautycounter) and Delphine Gennisson (Parisian U) wanted to give back to an Eagle County nonprofit focused on women and children. After some research, they approached Bright Future Foundation, which was very happy to let the ladies run with their idea, and Project Realway was the result.
“We wanted to showcase real women in our community, as well as models and boutiques around our valley,” Silva said. “We also wanted to offer people in Eagle an affordable event that would be easy and close to the downvalley community.”
Bright Future Foundation evolved from the Resource Center of Eagle County, which was founded in 1983 in the basement of the Vail Chapel. In response to an ad placed by a nun from Minturn, a group of women gathered to discuss issues surrounding local women in crisis. Today, the Foundation offers a full complement of professional services, with the mission of empowering individuals and families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault to lead safe, productive lives through prevention services, advocacy, crisis intervention and recovery services.
Project REALWAY was held Friday, Oct. 16, in Eagle at the Brush Creek Park Studio Building. More than 100 people attended the evening of fashion, food and fun. The space was transformed with drapes of fabric, high-top tables, a catwalk, silent auction, specialty lighting, music and subtle accents of purple — the color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Tricia Swenson and Erik Williams emceed the event, and DJ Kirby K played from cocktail hour into the after-party dancing. Chef Jason Harrison, of Red Maple Catering, provided delicious munchies, and special drinks were poured, including a divine prosecco limoncello cocktail by 808 Distillery in Eagle and Bonfire Brewing’s Bright Future Blondes Ale (both the chairwomen are blonde). Eagle Ranch Wine & Spirits and Eagle Liquormart poured some wine, and Mountain Flour provided the sweet finish — cupcakes. Petals of Provence provided flowers.
The “real women” models wore outfits from Everyday Outfitters, Rouge, Perch, Valleygirl Boutique, Holy Toledo and Yoga Off Broadway, showcasing looks and styles at every budget for every figure styled by Gennisson. Fusion Hair Studio providing the hair styling, and Mary Clare’s Beautycounter provided the eco-friendly makeup.
“We had so much positive reception from local businesses,” Silva said. “An evening for adults, and that is a chance for adults to get out for the night. We had guests from all ages, mid-20s to mid-70s. It was a great date night as well as a ladies night out.”
For more information on Bright Future Foundation, visit their website at http://www.brightfuturefoundation-ec.org.
Carolyn Pope has covered community service events and nonprofit activities since 2001 and co-authored “The Women of Vail.” She can be reached at 970-390-9913.