8th Annual Esteem Fashion Show Tickets And Raffle Chances Just Went On Sale For The Elisa Project

Tickets have just gone on sale for the 8th Annual Esteem Fashion Show benefiting The Elisa Project. Chairing this year’s runway action is Whitney Kutch, with Rhonda Marcus and her daughter Emmy Marcus serving as honorary co-chairs.

Whitney Kutch (File photo)

Rhonda Marcus (File photo)

Sponsored by Lisa Cooley, the event will take place at Tootsies on Saturday, September 16. Things kick off at 10 a.m. with Mimosas and Munchies followed by the fashion show featuring local celebs modeling Tootsies fashions.

2016 Esteem Fashion Show*

Established in 1999, The Elisa Project has a mission of helping “increase awareness about eating disorders and the importance of positive body images” for young people and adults.

This year’s raffle will include Elizabeth Showers jewelry and a gift card from Tootsies.

Tickets are available now with VIP seats going for $75 and students/standing placement available for $20.  

* Photo credit: Thomas Garza

JUST IN: Melissa Rountree And Morgan Moore To Co-Chair 7th Annual Esteem Fashion Show For The Elisa Project

The third Friday September is gonna kick off 24 hours of fashionable whoop-de-dos. On Friday, September 16, Crystal Charity will hold its “already-sold-out” Ten Best Dressed Luncheon and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala will officially launch the 2016 fall black-tie season that night.

The next morning the 7th annual Esteem Fashion Show benefiting The Elisa Project will take place at 10 a.m. at Tootsie’s. Chairing the event will be Melissa Rountree and her daughter Morgan Moore.

Rhonda Sargent Chambers and Holly Pelham Davis (File photo)

Rhonda Sargent Chambers and Holly Pelham Davis (File photo)

Founded in 2009, Esteem was created by Rhonda Sargent Chamber “to increase awareness about eating disorders and the importance of positive body image.

According to Melissa, “It’s a thrill to host Esteem with my daughter Morgan, benefiting The Elisa Project. The event provide an opportunity to appreciate that beauty, health and strength come in all sizes and ages. We hope to spread a message that being generous and loving, can improve inner confidence and respect for oneself.”

Gloria Campos and Lynn McBee (File photo)

Gloria Campos and Lynn McBee (File photo)

Joining the effort are Honorary Chair Lynn McBee, Emcee Gloria Campos and models Amanda Sterett Albritton with daughters Anna Albritton and Olivia Sterett, Shelly Slater, Holly Pelham Davis with daughter Landry Davis, Jocelyn White, Scott Murray, Janet Dorsett, Dawn Mellon, Gina Miller, Jackson, Yvonne Crum with granddaughter Samantha Crum, Gary Walden, Dawn Neufeld with daughter Bryn Neufeld, Hilary Kennedy, Pam Skaggs Frank with daughter Bridget Frank and Kim Bannister with daughter Sawyer Bannister.

Scott Murray (File photo)

Scott Murray (File photo)

Kim Bannister (File photo)

Kim Bannister (File photo)

Tickets go on sale Friday, July 1. VIP seating will be $75 and student/standing will be a couple of sawbucks (aka $20).

Fourth Annual Esteem Fashion Show Raised More Than $10,000 For The Elisa Project

Rhonda Sargent Chambers and Pam Skaggs Frank*

Rhonda Sargent Chambers and Pam Skaggs Frank*

Better than orange juice or an Egg McMuffin, The Elisa Project got things moving in a fashionable way on Saturday, September 21. Here’s a report from the field of how they went about raising funds and awareness about eating disorders thanks to a sold-out event.

“At 10 guests gathered at Tootsies to watch the fourth annual Esteem Fashion Show benefiting The Elisa Project.

Bridget Frank*

Bridget Frank*

Nerissa von Helpenstill*

Nerissa von Helpenstill*

“Over 200 patrons came to watch friends, family and celebrity guests model the latest fall trends. The event was founded by Rhonda Sargent Chambers, who has produced all four Esteem shows with her company RSC Show Productions.

“Leading this year’s efforts were Co-Chairs Pam Skaggs Frank and her daughter, Bridget Frank. They worked closely with a host committee to sell out the fashion show and raised over $10,000 for The Elisa Project. Funds generated at the event will go directly to programming needs.

Dr. Stephanie Setliff gave an agency overview explaining that eating disorders is not selective in its victims.  It is a disease that affects many and can strike at any time.

Debbie Denmon served as celebrity hostess again this year.

Store manager Nerissa von Helpenstill led the audience through the fall trends as the models showed off a variety of fashions.

Sponsors included AK Kitchen, Amanda Sterett Jewelry, DJ Jason Esquire, Facelogic, Hilton Anatole Veranda Club, RSC Show Productions, Smartwater, Terlingo Go Cycle, Uber and Xen-Tan. The Elisa Project is grateful to the generosity of all the attendees and sponsors.

* Photo credit: Joseph Brewster


Esteem Models Had A Great Time On Behalf Of The Elisa Project At Saks Fifth Avenue In The Galleria

Esteem fashion show audience

The Esteem Fashion Show took place Saturday at Saks Fifth Avenue. From reports, 200 tickets were sold, but according to some participants more than a couple of empty seats were spotted. Too bad because this fundraiser for The Elisa Project proved to be an event where the folks on the runway were still talking about all the fun they had for days after.

Esteem models*

Ah, come on. If you buy a ticket, show up or release it to the organization for youngsters and volunteers who couldn’t afford it.

Or, why doesn’t someone do a fashion show where you pay to be on the catwalk? Imagine having your hair and makeup done, wearing the season’s newest clothes and parading in front of friends, strangers and new BFF?

* Photo provided by The Elisa Project