Originally Published: May 7, 2015 6 a.m.
The Women's Council of Realtors showed off local fashions at the 10th annual Women's Council of Realtors Fashion Show on Tuesday, May 5, at the Prescott Resort. Themed after Broadway, the event also had a silent auction as well as quite a few vendors. Ten percent of all the show's proceeds went to Arizona Women's Education & Employment, Incorporated.
One of the day's vendors was POE Chapter FE, which sells gently used and reconditioned handbags. Ways and Means Chairman Bunny Jones said what the organization does is reconditions the name-brand bags, such as Coach, and puts a price tag on them.
"We just try to make them look brand new," Jones said. "The benefit is that the money goes to educational scholarships, but this bag would sell for probably $350 in the store and we're selling it for $125."
Vilma Graller, the 2015 chair for the council, said the show has been very accepted and successful in recent years, stating that people know and anticipate it every year.
Graller said what she loves most about doing the event is being able to service fellow Realtors and work together to make the fashion show happen. She likened the whole event to the roles of an orchestra.
"I am the conductor and then we have all these wonderful musicians," Graller said. "Being able to orchestrate and put an event like this together... mostly it's to be able to come across to all the Realtors what we stand for."
And some Realtors were first-time models, like Jeff Auman, from Red Arrow Real Estate, and Joyce Wegher of BloomTree Realty.
Auman said he saw modeling as a great opportunity to get out and support the charities, stating it is an honor to be asked.
Wegher said she got involved to do the modeling by becoming a part of the council and then on the committee for the fashion show. She said she loved the opportunity to represent the council and fundraise by modeling.
"It's a very fashionable event," she said. "It's very enjoyable to see all of my peers and to have an opportunity to socialize with them. It's just a time off from actually showing houses."
Fashions were shown from stores such as Buckle, Allie Ollie, Man at Leisure and Dillards.
Some of the items from the silent auction were $50 to Iron Springs Café, one month of free boot camp from Fitzen, a set of four angel pins and a hairbow hanger set from FancyPants Boutique, and a $15 gift certificate to Pralines of Prescott.
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