Elected officials in Richmond County will be modeling Belk fashion for Richmond County Democratic Women on Oct. 25.
Local politicians like Rockingham Mayor Gene McLaurin will parade Belk sweaters, ties and shoes for a fundraiser that will benefit Richmond County Red Cross Chapter and scholarships.
FATZ Cafe will serve dinner during what Democratic Women chairwoman Pam Dillman is calling a meet-and-greet. The event will be held at Liberty Place, 214 E. Washington St., Rockingham, and will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $14 at the door.
“Belks has just opened their doors to us,” said Dillman. “They are fabulous.”
Dillman said the fashion show will be unique in that the models will be approachable and will be hanging out with the dinner crowd. They will show off clothing, shoes, jewelry, make-up and accessories.
“This is what Richmond County should be doing all the time,” said Dillman. “We are trying to bring the community forward to help each other out.”
In an effort to form partnerships, Belk Department Store of Rockingham is teaming up with the Democratic Women in a mutually-beneficial fundraiser.
“I think it’s a good opportunity for people to come out and support the politicians,” said Robin Hutchinson, sales team manager at Belk. “People will see Belk’s most wanted fashions of 2012. It’s going to show what Belk has to offer.”
The scholarships will be given to an early college student and a high school student. Dillman said the Democratic Women filled used water bottles with dimes and collected these. The bottles hold $36 and there are more than 60 of them. The scholarships will be awarded at a banquet in May.
“We are trying to start a foundation,” said Dillman. “Each year the scholarship will be named after a Democratic woman and this year it’s named after Mary Swann, who is a phenomenal woman and holds a doctorate in education. She is retired now but continues to be a mentor for women and men. I’m thrilled she’s still involved. She’s very community oriented.”
If you would like to purchase advance tickets, you can call Dillman at 910-895-2774, Swann at 910-582-4429 or Priscilla Sanders at 910-995-3418.
— Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.