MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show and Luncheon is the one occasion when guests see “old friends” on the runway as models display donated outfits up for bid. There have even been rumors that some ladies have bought back their own outfits, especially after having fashion show producer Jan Strimple edit them to current trends.

D’Andra Simmons Lock

Joyann King

So, when Event Chair D’Andra Simmons Lock moved the fundraiser to the Meyerson on Tuesday, May 2, it called for more clothes, a celeb guest like HarpersBazaar.com Editor Joyann King, honorary co-chairs/sister Elisa Summers and Heather Washburne and a first-ever presenting sponsor.

The Salvation Army Fashion Show

The Salvation Army Fashion Show

The Salvation Army Fashion Show

The Salvation Army Fashion Show

It all came to pass and even more, like a photographic tribute to The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Command. So, while the post is underway, check out the faces and fashions at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

JUST IN: Best-Selling Author Jimmy Wayne To Be 2016 Doing The Most Good Luncheon Keynote Speaker For The Salvation Army

As the holidays approach, The Salvation Army kettles and bell ringing will spring up throughout the area. The monies raised by The Salvation Army go to “food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, apartments for senior citizens and veterans, drug and alcohol addiction recovery, youth programs and financial assistance.”

Just this past year, The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Command has served nearly a million meals, provided 42,071 bags of groceries, shelter for 6,836 adults and children, substance abuse rehabilitation for 4,443 people and Christmas assistance for 16,373 families and 51,918 individuals.

So often the recipients of these services and their stories go unknown. But on Thursday, November 17, the annual Doing the Most Good Luncheon fundraiser will reveal how The Salvation Army played an important and inspiring role in a boy’s life.

Mary Clare Finney (File photo)

Mary Clare Finney (File photo)

Debbie Oates (File photo)

Debbie Oates (File photo)

Luncheon Chair Mary Clare Finney and Underwriting Chair Debbie Oates have arranged to have “accomplished recording artist, keynote speaker and three-time New York Times best-selling author” Jimmy Wayne to be the featured speaker in the Anatole’s Chantilly Ballroom.

Jimmy Wayne*

Jimmy Wayne*

His childhood was not a pretty one — “His father abandoned the family. His mother was sent to prison. His stepfather tried to murder him. As a teen, he was homeless, living on the street before being taken in by foster parents who helped change his life.”

According to Jimmy, “The Salvation Army provided food and clothes to my mom, sister and me when I was nine years old. They provided me my first guitar through the angel tree program when I was 14 years old. I vowed when I ‘made it,’ I would give back to The Salvation Army. The first song I wrote when I received my first record deal was ‘Paper Angels’ — a song about the Angel Tree program. I wrote about The Salvation Army in my book ‘Walk to Beautiful.’”

Held the week before Thanksgiving, the luncheon is an inspirational way to start the holidays. Individual tickets are $300 and sponsorships range from $1,000 to $250,000.

* Photo provided by The Salvation Army

JUST IN: D’Andra Simmons Announces Deets About The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon

D’Andra Simmons’ summer vacation was nonexistent. For months, she’s been working around the clock on two mammoth undertakings — chairing The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary 2017 Fashion Show and Luncheon and co-chairing Cancer Blows. Both will take place at the Meyerson within a week of each other.

Elisa Summers, Barbara and Jonathan Rich, Heather Washburne and D'Andra Simmons

Elisa Summers, Barbara and Jonathan Rich, Heather Washburne and D’Andra Simmons

Wednesday night she unleashed news about the fundraiser for The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Command. While more deets will be provided in the days to come about the jammed gathering at Highland Park Village’s Market and typical over-the-top reveal, here is a rundown of the news.

Being a smart business woman, D’Andra had already raised $125,000 from two donations — $50,000 and $75,000. Now for more biggie news that Ms. D unveiled last night.

First the showing of “experienced clothes” will take place on Tuesday, May 2, at the Meyerson. But you already knew that. Just wanted to refresh those brain cells. And remember it’s not going to take place on the traditional Monday.

Joyann King

Joyann King

Second, the event will have a national sponsor — Harper’s Bazaar with HarpersBazaar.com Editor Joyann King as the event’s emcee. King trivia: Joyann’s mom just happens to be The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary’s President Kathie King’s daughter.

Third, the honorary co-chairs will be sisters Elisa Summers and Heather Washburne.

Fourth, fashionable producer Jan Strimple will be orchestrating the fashion extravaganza.

Fifth, the theme for the event will be “Fashion is art. You are the canvas.”

Sixth, clean out those closets now and drop them off at Tootsie’s. But if you have too many to fit in your SUV, give SAWA a call at 214.637.8121 and they’ll send an 18-wheeler over.

Whew!

Update: Wynonna Is Definitely Coming To The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Command’s “Doing The Most Good Luncheon”

Wynonna Judd*

Wynonna Judd*

Remember the post about Wynonna being The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Command’s headliner for its “Doing the Most Good Luncheon“? Then remember how there was an update saying that the contract hadn’t been finalized and Luncheon Chair Jan Pickens and the good folks at The Salvation Army were keeping their fingers crossed that the deal would be done?

News just arrived. The ink is dry on the contract and Wynonna is coming to lunch on Friday, November 15, at the Hilton Anatole.

* Photo provided by 
Salvation Army DFW 
Metroplex Command