Hospital Auxiliary to host annual
fashion-show fundraiser

By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent

Volunteers are preparing to get all decked out, Big Apple-style, and raise money for Piedmont Henry Hospital.

The Volunteer Auxiliary at Piedmont Henry Hospital is putting together its annual Red Carpet Affair fashion show, scheduled for Sept. 26. The group includes (left to right) Judy Britt, Beverly do Carmo, Carolyn Schaer and Gail Hicklin. Photo by Jason A. Smith

The hospital’s annual Red Carpet Affair is set for Sept. 26 at 11:30 a.m., at the Merle Manders Conference Center, 111 Davis Road in Stockbridge. Tickets are $25, and the cost includes a full meal and a fashion show.

The event is being organized by the hospital’s Volunteer Auxiliary.

Gail Hicklin is the group’s Ways and Means Chair. She says the fashion show will feature 10 men and 10 women – all of whom are either volunteers or employees at Piedmont Henry – and a story with a New York flair.

“For the first scene, they will be dressed as sightseers in the city,” says Hicklin. “In the second scene, they will be going to the theater in New York, and in the third scene, they will go to Washington and then go to a formal affair at the White House.”

The Red Carpet Affair, says Hicklin, is part of the Auxiliary’s year-round mission to raise money for needed services and equipment at Piedmont Henry.

“We provide $35,000 worth of free labor for the hospital,” says Hicklin. “We also provide money for special projects. We recently provided recliners for the patient rooms. All monies raised go to provide equipment for the hospital at their request.”

The Auxiliary raised more than $4,000 through the 2014 Red Carpet Affair. Hicklin says the show was received well in the community and that she hopes to raise $6,000 through this year’s event.

Belk is providing all the clothing for this year’s event, says Judy Britt, an Auxiliary volunteer who is acting as a liaison to the department store for the fashion show. She says a wide range of Belk’s fashions will be on display for the occasion.

“It’s going to be their fall collection, and it will range from casual to evening wear to formal,” says Britt. “Everyone looks forward to this. It’s always fun to be on the modeling side. Everyone in the audience will be able to see themselves in the models.”

A representative from Dance Academy, which has locations in McDonough and Stockbridge, will choreograph the models during the fashion show. Children from the academy are slated to perform during the second and third acts of the event.

Sponsors for the fashion show include Piedmont Henry at the Gold level, and the Henry Council for Quality Growth at the Silver level. Hicklin adds that the Auxiliary is still looking for local businesses that wish to purchase advertising space in the program for the event.

For more information, call 678-289-9923.