Fashionistas raise $20,000 for mental health


The third time was the charm for the Models for Mental Health Fashion Show.
This year’s event saw the show relocate to the more spacious Summer Street Industries and through support and interest, organizers made good use of the extra space by bringing in more models, more outfits and more consigners.

“It’s bigger than ever,” said an ecstatic event co-chair Lily DeYoung.

This year’s show had 27 models from all communities and walks of life, nine more than last year. As well, five of those 27 were returning models from the previous two Models for Mental Health events. This year’s event also saw fashions supplied by three local businesses- In Mint, New Beginnings and Gail’s Fashions. There was also a spoken word interlude by Cameron Smith, a Grade 12 student at North Nova Education Centre.

Audience-wise Summer Street was a packed house, with host and President and CEO of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia Starr Dobson declaring it to be “a grand turnout.”
DeYoung said for her and co-chair Shawna Coleman heading into their third event brought on feelings of excitement.

“We feel so appreciative of this community and the fact that they get to support and we’re not hiding that mental health is an issue for so many people,” DeYoung said.

In her opening remarks to the crowd DeYoung quoted past Model for Mental Health Sheree Fitch when she said that “mental health is everybody on everybody’s street’s concern.”

“In making today happen,” DeYoung told the crowd, “Shawna and I have been surrounded by good people who do good things and that’s something that never goes out of fashion.”

The event raised close to $20,000 for the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.

Dr. Theresa Vienneau struts her stuff on the catwalk in support of mental health.
The third annual Models for Mental Health event raised close to $20,000.
(Cameron photo)

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