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Season of Hope Fashion Show benefits local domestic violence agency

Originally published: Feb. 26, 2013
Last modified: Feb. 26, 2013

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Season of Hope Fashion Show benefits local domestic violence agency


Threads of Hope and A Safe Home for Everyone are hosting the Second annual Season of Hope Fashion Show to benefit survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their children. 

The show is slated for 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, March 16, at the Ashe County High School Auditorium.

Individuals are invited to arrive at 4 p.m. when refreshments will be available and more than 15 local vendors will display various items. Merchandise such as handbags, clothing, hand-made jewelry and candles and a variety of other gift items will be available for purchase.

Door prizes, including a weekend for two at Laurel Ridge, tickets to Dollywood, gift certificates to local restaurants and more will be given away.

At 5 p.m. models of all ages will take the stage, presenting the spring line of clothing from Threads of Hope.

ASHE is the domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and intervention program for Ashe County. The program offers 24-hour crisis assistance, an emergency shelter, court advocacy, hospital accompaniment, counseling, survivor support groups, educational programs and training and the Threads of Hope thrift shop.  

During fiscal year 2011-2012, ASHE served 218 clients and of those 23 women and 23 children sought safety in the emergency shelter.  These numbers represent a 15 percent increase in individuals seeking services from the previous fiscal year.

For more information about ASHE, call (336) 982-8851.

Threads of Hope opened in 2006 to create a funding source for ASHE and serves as an outreach location by disseminating brochures and business cards and providing referrals for individuals in need of supportive services.  The shop also shares information about the program as they interact with customers, volunteers and donors.

Threads of Hope accepts donations of new or gently used ladies clothing and accessories, men’s and children’s clothing, household items and small furniture. Donations are sold in our store or given to clients of ASHE.

Many times ASHE clients have nothing but the clothes on their backs when they flee an abusive situation. Providing clients with a voucher to shop at Threads of Hope is an empowering part of their healing process. The boutique is located at 420 East Main Street in Jefferson. 

ASHE and Threads of Hope are programs of Ashe County Partnership for Children, a non-profit organization providing programs and services for families and children in Ashe County.

Last year’s successful fashion show hosted eight vendors, sold 100 tickets and gave away over $500 worth of door prizes ranging from restaurant gift certificates, 30-minute massages to a Stephen Shoemaker print and tickets to Ripley’s Aquarium and Dollywood.  Over $1,200 was received for ASHE through this fundraiser.

Tickets for the show are available at Threads of Hope and Ashe County Partnership for Children. Cost for admission will be $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Admission for children age five-years-old and younger is free.   

Vendor spaces are still available for $25 and the deadline for vendor registration is Feb. 28. 

For more information about the fashion show, call (336) 982-4588.

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