The mix of great people, fashion, laughter and epicurious delights made this Fashion FUNraiser the best one yet for the Bruyere Foundation.
Over 130 guests mingled and shopped, all the while supporting the Bruyere Foundation, a cause with longstanding ties to the Ottawa community. The Bruyere story began 170 years ago when Mother Bruyere founded Ottawa's very first hospital. Now, with three local facilities, Bruyere's mission is to help those in need by providing services catered to chronic illness, end-of-life, and rehabilitation. FUNraiser proceeds including ticket sales, a 50-50 draw and a donation of Shepherd's sales, were all directed to Bruyere patient care.
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We opened our doors last Monday evening for a private Fashion FUNraiser benefitting the Bruyere Foundation.[/caption]
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The newly appointment President of the Bruyere Foundation, Peggy Taillon, is flanked by Mr. Bernie Blais, retiring President and CEO of Bruyere (left), and Mr. Blais' successor, Daniel Levac (right).[/caption]
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Chivalry is alive and well, as you can see from this impressive group of gentlemen, who escorted models to and from the catwalk. From left: PhD student, Dan McEwen; Dr. Frank Knofel; clinical manager, Mario DaPonte; Daniel Levac (partially hidden by a snowflake); Bernie Blais; and Bernie Forestall, Bruyere Foundation VP.[/caption]
It Takes A Village
The success of any event is dependent on the commitment and energy provided by the volunteers involved and, as Bruyere has helped so many in our community, there were many wanting to give back. Sponsors for the FUNraiser included Omega Laser Therapy, Epicuria, Three Dog Winery and Dior. The evening's volunteer models are movers and shakers in the Nation's Capital and all have their own personal attachment to Bruyere:
Fiona Gilfillan, a longstanding Board Chair of Bruyere Foundation, is a proud Scot who loves a good 'haggis'. She has volunteered in many community associations, including the YM-YWCA, the Museum of Technology, and the Atlantic Salmon Federation.
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Fiona's look is borrowed from the boys: tunic blouse from Comfy, mixed media leather vest from MyTribe, paisley print pant from Lisette, and oblong scarf from Echo Designs.[/caption]
Barbara Perrin, is the President and owner of George E. Perrin Insurance Agency Ltd., and is also a Bruyere Foundation Board Member, as well as a 25-year member of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa. Standing at 5-ft tall, this size 2 beautifully represented all petites and quite enjoyed her catwalk experience!
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Barbara took the catwalk by storm! As with all great looks, you must start with great basics: bateau neck t-shirt by Eileen Fisher, slim cut jeans from Yoga Jeans and ankle bootie from Aquatalia.[/caption]
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Barbara wasn't the only one who fell in love with this heavy wool LaParka.[/caption]
Representing Bell Media, which has been an ongoing supporter of Bruyere, was SarahFreemark, announcer at Majic 100 and co-host of CTV Ottawa Morning Live. Sarah certainly lives her morning hours to the fullest, as she can be seen baking, repelling down the side of a building and hurling hatchets. As you can see, she scrubs up well.
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CTV's Sarah Freemark is forever-classic in black and white Joseph Ribkoff.[/caption]
Ottawa born and raised Sheila Brady, is also well known and loved in our community. Now retired from a career in journalism, which included stints covering Parliament Hill at the Ottawa Journal, and most recently as Homes Editor at the Ottawa Citizen, Sheila keeps as busy as ever through her volunteering efforts, as a Board Member of Bruyere and Hospice Care Ottawa. She unwinds through sports and fitness, and is an avid golfer, curler and aquafit queen.
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Retired Ottawa Citizen writer, Sheila, loves funky styles like this high-low coat from Stella Karakasi.[/caption]
Nicole Burris is a native of Maryland USA and moved to Ottawa to join her husband, Henry Burris, quarterback of the Ottawa RedBlacks. Nicole is a mom to two beautiful and active boys, who we had the pleasure to meet when she brought them along to her fitting. Nicole has modelled in the past in the USA, and has kept a perfect figure through exercise and fitness.
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Nicole Burris (yes, Henry's wife) - pictured here in a Badgley Mischka plaid coat - was asked by her friend, Peggy, to model at this Fashion FUNraiser.[/caption]
Kathryn Stagg was studying for her law degree in the US when she decided she could not ignore the inflammation in her right breast any longer. Upon further testing she received the cancer diagnosis and a trip home to Canada to begin treatment. Having survived breast cancer, once again her life plans were put on hold as the disease has now affected her brain and spine. Kathryn was referred to Bruyere's palliative rehabilitation program to begin rebuilding strength, trust and hope.
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Kathryn Stagg is a vision of elegance and courage. Her dance background certainly shone through as she walked with poise and perfect posture on the cat walk. Her favourite look? The full-length, Cinderella-like gown she wore in the show's finale.[/caption]
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Models Kathryn Stagg, Sarah Freemark and Nicole Burris enjoy a chat before the show.[/caption]
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Models Fiona and Sheila sharing a laugh in the model's fitting room. (All photos courtesy of The Ottawa Citizen, the Bruyere Foundation and Shepherd's.)[/caption]