Fashion benefits Dreamland Ballroom, Big Brothers, Big Sisters

By Meredith Cavaness Corning, The Compassion Fashion Project

Once again, fashion has its place in raising funds for worthy causes.  Last Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Alexandria Gordon produced a fabulous event touted, ‘Modeling for a Cause,’ to benefit the restoration of the Dreamland Ballroom and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.  The Dreamland Ballroom is located at historic 800 West Ninth Street in downtown Little Rock.  Supporters of the Dreamland Ballroom are committed to “bringing back the music, the history, and the party to the historic space.”

Dreamland Ballroom’s Public Relations states, “Stately Taborian Hall, located on the corner of Ninth and State Streets, is the only remaining historic building on West Ninth, a testimony to the street’s former vibrancy and glory days as Little Rock’s “Little Harlem.”

Modeling for a Cause featured over forty models sporting seven fashion designers’ digs that were availbale for purchase and the event was hosted by Jaid Taylor.  Designers showcasing their collections were Wynika Smith (Splendid Fever), Jo Claire Dodson (Just Faux Fun), Chavon Sewell (Chavon Shree), Aaliyah Fisher (Grafetti), Kenny and Sandra Fisher (Novel T’s), Alicia Hawkins (jfBf), and Sheila Scott (N’chole Feroce).  The model who won first place in the modeling competition and a cash prize was Michaela Boothby.

Fashion Designer, Sheila Scott with N’Chole Feroce says of the evening, “We were all trying to give back to our community with fashion.  Everything went really well.  We all had such a great time.  The space is amazing and I hope it can be saved from demolitian.  There is so much history there.”

More volunteers and supporters are needed.  Those interested should please visit the Dreamland Ballroom website at http://www.dreamlandballroom.com/.