Despite the best of intentions and herculean efforts, The Salvation Army Dallas Women’s Auxiliary’s annual Fashion Show And Luncheon is canceled.
The mega-fundraiser had gone from its 2020 spring, in-person event at the Meyerson, then a rescheduling to the fall, next to spring 2021 and finally to a virtual one scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 6.
Throughout her 18 months tenure, Event Chair Kim Hext didn’t let the pandemic deter her efforts as loads and loads of clothes from some of the area’s best closets continued to arrive.
Even now Kim is not giving up on providing monies for the Army’s range of services to combat poverty, addiction and homelessness.
Kim and Auxiliary President Lisa Singleton have arranged to have the Women’s Auxiliary’s Executive Committee host a virtual Spring Tea to take place on Wednesday, May 5. In addition to the tea, there will be an online silent auction featuring “specially curated designer handbags and accessories available for tea-attendees from Thursday, April 29, through Thursday, May 5.”
As Lisa pointed out, “Although we are disappointed we can’t gather again in person, our members are inspired by the everyday work of The Salvation Army to help those in need in our community. We knew planning a safe way for people to virtually gather and support The Salvation Army of North Texas was our priority. We encourage our supporters and past Fashion Show And Luncheon attendees to attend virtually or to make a donation to make a difference.”
Tickets for the tea will be going for $300 and sponsorships will start at $3,000. Stay tuned for details on when they’ll be available.
According to The Salvation Army of North Texas Area Commander Major Bethany Hawks, “We couldn’t be more thankful for the creativity of our Women’s Auxiliary members as they continue to work to support those we serve across North Texas. Now more than ever, we need to help our neighbors impacted by the ongoing pandemic get back on their feet. We remain committed to providing shelter, rent and utility assistance, drive-through food pantry assistance and emotional and spiritual care.”
Oh, you’re wondering about the collected clothing. Not to worry. They’re safe and hibernating until the next SAWA Fashion Show and Luncheon.
* Photo provided by The Salvation Army of North Texas