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Volunteer Corps fashion show celebrates 25 years

Didi Doolittle
Daily Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL, Colorado – In less than three weeks, the Vail Valley Medical Center Volunteer Corps, along with presenting sponsor U.S. Bank, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the annual Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon. The theme this year is “Anything Goes.” This nautical theme will transport every spectator on a voyage of fashions from Europe. This will be a show the Vail Valley community will be talking about for years to come.

Twenty-five years ago, the Volunteer Corps, then called “the Auxiliary,” held its first fashion fundraiser in the Vail Valley with its Community Designer Rummage Sale. This first sale was so much fun, they decided to continue the tradition. In 1995, the rummage sale became a fashion show, where Neiman Marcus designs were the stars of the runway.

Discovering the popularity of the runway fashion show concept, the event grew each and every year. In 2010, the organizers of the show began showcasing local fashions from Vail Valley boutique shops and starring local models on the runway, as well. Past featured local boutiques include Luca Bruno, Lacy’s, Charm School Boutique, Merle Norman and many more.

Sandy Jacaruso, a volunteer who has been involved with the organization of this event for the past 19 years, serves as co-chair of the event.

“The fashion show and luncheon have been such a great women’s event over the past 25 years. It is our primary fundraiser of the Volunteer Corps each year and is a community effort of volunteers, local models and local boutiques. It is a celebration of fashion, friendship and fundraising. Local women look forward to this Vail ‘rite of spring’ every year,” Jacaruso said.

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Jacaruso has been joined by volunteer Anna-Maria Ray for the past two years to chair this event.

“It is such an honor to be a part of this fundraiser each year,” Ray said. “This event has personally touched me and my family through all the medical enhancements we have been able to help purchase for the Vail Valley Medical Center and Shaw Regional Cancer Center.”

The VVMC Volunteer Corps raises money throughout the year with various fundraisers, but the annual Fashion Show and Luncheon is always the largest fundraiser of the year.

Amanda Visosky, VVMC Volunteer Corps director, is delighted with the team of volunteers that puts in tireless hours each year planning and executing this event.

“The volunteers start working on the next fashion show the day after the event each year,” Visosky said. “With everything from selling tickets to the event to gathering silent auction donations from the community to decorating the ballroom at the Marriott, we couldn’t do this without the enthusiasm and continued support of our volunteers.”

The original Auxiliary volunteers never would have guessed their initial Designer Rummage Sale would grow to be the fully produced runway fashion show it has become today.

“When we first started, we had a dedicated groups of volunteers headed up by Helga Pulis who had an idea for a designer rummage sale,” Jacaruso said. “She coupled it with a luncheon, where we could showcase the gently worn fashions and sell them. And here we are today with a 500-capacity luncheon and great designer fashions from all over the world.”

This year’s Fashion Show, sponsored by U.S. Bank, will be held at the Vail Mountain Marriott Resort and Spa. A silent auction will precede the show, with generous donations from local vendors and community members alike. All proceeds will support the Mobile Simulation Lab, a very sophisticated clinical training program for VVMC medical personnel.

The event is March 30. Fashion Show Luncheon tickets are $100 per seat, or individual table sponsorships are available. To purchase your ticket, visit http://www.vvmcfashionshow.com or call 970-926-7995. For information regarding the volunteer program, call Visosky at 970-479-5068 or visit http://www.vvmc.com/


Didi Doolittle serves as historian for the Vail Valley Medical Center Volunteer Corps.

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