To walk the runway is art. A model needs just the right amount of attitude, confidence, and personal swag to conquer the catwalk. Marco Island is home to a variety of fashion shows—usually showcasing trending styles of resort wear and almost always benefitting a specific cause or charitable venture. Marco Island models are well practiced.
On February 7, NCH Marco Island Auxiliary joined in on the time-honored tradition and held their annual fashion show luncheon at the Hideaway Beach Club. This is the seventh year the club has hosted the event. The theme this year was “Fashions of the HEART.” A fitting title for the group who prides themselves on their volunteer work for the NCH Marco Island Healthcare Center.
“I have a terrific group of auxiliary volunteers who really get this thing going,” said Auxiliary President Gerry Guerra.
Approximately 150 women came to the fashion show, which featured clothing from Beach Daisy, Patchington, and the Rose Marco Marina. And this year for the first time ever, children walked the runway. Cuteness ensued.
The fashion show benefits the club’s scholarship fund. Each year the club bestows a scholarshipto a student interested in pursuing a career in medicine. Money raised will also go towards NCH Marco Health Care Center, providing necessary equipment and tools.
“We will be donating money to the urgent care, the physical therapy department and the cardio and pulmonary departments,” said Gerry Guerra.
The fashion show kicked off with a welcome from President Gerry Guerra and an invocation from Vice President Georgia Hess. The event was dedicated in memory of the late Peggy Aurori, a longtime volunteer at the NCH Marco Healthcare Center.
Finally it was time for the women and children to take to the stage. The models walked the runway with ease, many having done it for years. After making their way down the runway they wove through the audience to give members a closer look.
After the last fashions of the day were modeled it was time for the giveaways. The first were the money hats. The hats are fashioned like an odd sort of tiara or a bonnet, adorned with fake birds and glitter. Atop each hat lies $55 woven into its design. Gift baskets from local organizations and companies were also raffled off.