We all watched the Oscars a couple of weeks ago and swooned over the fabulous gowns. With every TV host telling us who’s wearing what designer, the fashion show is a big part of Oscar night. Today we’re going to tell you about a DIFFERENT kind of fashion show. Instead of glittering couture gowns, this one features some outfits from our ALI Thrift Shop! And it’s for a charity called “Gogo Grandmothers,” which raises funds for grandmothers in Malawi, Africa, who are supporting the millions of orphans left by the AIDS epidemic. These courageous “Gogos” (an African word for “grandmother”) are subsistence farmers in rural villages, who are struggling to keep their families together and raise the next generation. The charity provides help with food, fertilizer and seed, and school fees and uniforms so children can attend school.
Fashion shows have long been popular fund-raising events, and we were thrilled that this group chose to select clothing from our Thrift Shop. It’s another example of how your donations to ALI go on to help others – in this case Gogos who live far away from Irvine, but share our same goals for our children. By the way, the Gogo Grandmothers charity began here in Irvine in 2005 at Mariners Church, and now has spread throughout the world. As you might expect, most of the members are grandmothers themselves!
If you’d like to see how to put together fashionable, creative outfits without using a Hollywood stylist, plus support a good cause, the fashion show will be Saturday, March 14 from 2 pm to 4 pm at Mariner’s Church in Irvine. There’s a $10 suggested donation. All the fashions came from thrift shops, and the models will tell you where they found them! You can contact Suzie Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.