Thrift Shop fashions all the rage of Hospital Auxiliary show

By Dorothy Jennings
Anyone laboring under the misconception that women are the weaker sex has never witnessed Black Friday’s annual shopping frenzy offering super sales beginning as early as Midnight following Thanks-giving dinner. News reports screening women frantically battling over a marked down item in Wal-Mart or Bloomingdale’s will testify to the tenacity of shopaholics possessing a shared trait near and dear to the hearts of most ladies, a bargain!
And there were bargains galore on Saturday afternoon during the Fifth Annual Fashion Show sponsored by the Auxiliary of the Margaretville Hospital. Ranging from sporty attire to elegant gowns, there was something for every taste.
President Sue Adams, assisted by Margarite Bertrand, prepared and served a buffet lunch, which was enjoyed by well over 150 attendees. Pat Gallagher served as ticket taker and money manager along with Lola Kurtzer who also helped organize the silent auction and 50/50 raffle.
Planning for this event spearheaded by Eleanor Barrack begins weeks ahead of time with a flurry of activity at the Margaretville Thrift Shop located on Main Street. Eleanor recruits models of all ages beginning with the younger set including Christian Davis, Ava and Alexa Zaccaro, Nicole Mitchell and Tiffany Nobile. Alexis Molnar opted to celebrate her 13th birthday as a fashion model accompanied by her sister, Bianca. Ten-year-old twins Erica and Elizabeth Johnson hammed it up as old pros, but the show stopper was 12-year-old James Warner who “walked the walk” strutting as a street dude putting John Travolta to shame.
Emcee Emilie Davenport performed an excellent job introducing each model while describing their outfits including Nancy DiLeo who wore a stunning red gown as well as a black lace cocktail dress; Ilyana Lugo who donned her Red Hatter/purple dress ensemble and Kathy Herbst, Secretary of the Auxiliary, who satisfied her passion for hats adding cache to each of her stylish outfits. Joanne Hunt and Beth Mami were naturals with Joanne showing off a backless black and white chic floor length gown and Beth an Asian silk slinky number. Arlene Stamford displayed a magnificent leather coat that was later auctioned. Suave in their borrowed attire, Angelo Lombardo and Bill Thompson proved to be good sports mingling with the ladies while displaying examples of the terrific items available for men from casual jeans to formal tuxedos. The grand finale consisted of Jessica Foot as a beautiful bride surrounded by the entire cast in elegant evening wear.
Ronny Daly made certain the models were punctual and her husband Ed served as photographer. Floral arrangements were donated by Bonnie Schaedle with several bouquets offered by Tami Conine.
All proceeds of the event were given to the Margaretville Hospital towards the purchase of a new four-wheel drive ambulance.

Alexa Zaccaro, left, and Nicole Mitchell show off their fashions at Saturday's show.Alexa Zaccaro, left, and Nicole Mitchell show off their fashions at Saturday's show.