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Community leaders strike poses to fight homelessness

Officials call "Fashionatta" fundraiser a success

Keosha Bell models a business casual outfit Sunday during the Morrow Business and Tourism Association's "Fashionatta" runway fundraiser for Clayton County Family Care.

Keosha Bell models a business casual outfit Sunday during the Morrow Business and Tourism Association's "Fashionatta" runway fundraiser for Clayton County Family Care.

— Atlanta Institute of Music Financial Aid Administrator Robin Forte Burrell made quite an impression Sunday with a gold Ralph Lauren dress she wore in the Morrow Business and Tourism Association’s “Fashionatta” runway show.

Her husband, Mike, the disc jockey for the event, was so entranced by seeing his wife strut down the runway in the dress, he missed a cue to change songs for the next model.

It wasn’t just Burrell’s husband enjoying the dress, however. It caught the eyes of the more than 200 women, including Ellenwood resident Tameka Jones-Griffey, who attended the fashion show fundraiser.

“I loved the fashions,” said Jones-Griffey, who was a first-year “Fashionatta” attendee. “I really loved the gold dress, It was just beautiful.”

Overall, Morrow tourism officials were pleased with the way “Fashionatta” turned out this year. The seating area was only half-full, but organizers said the turnout for the event — which is a fundraiser for Clayton County Family Care — does not give an accurate depiction of how much money was raised for the homeless prevention organization.

Morrow Business and Tourism Association President Mike Twomey said many people who bought tickets did not attend the event. “It was a beautiful day so a lot of people may have decided to go out to the park or something rather than come to the show,” said Twomey.

He estimates 215 people attended the event, but he added approximately 420 tickets were sold. That means approximately $5,000 was raised for Clayton County Family Care.

“I think it went really well,” said Twomey. “I believe people on this side of town have an appreciation for really good, polished experiences like this.”

The event featured 21 high-profile women from the community, including business owners, elected officials and journalists, serving as models. They wore casual, business and formal outfits on loan from Macy’s at Southlake Mall.

Debbie Walker, owner of Blankenship & Walker Printing, said the fact the proceeds went to Clayton County Family Care is a large of why she agreed to be a model. She explained she felt it was one of the best community service organizations in the county because it helps people get through financial difficulties and become “self-sufficient” again.

She said the models enjoy hanging out together a the show. This was Walker’s second stint as a Fashionatta model.

“We get to be princesses for a day,” said Walker.

Comments

MorrowResident 1 year, 6 months ago

Hands down, one of the best events on the southside. It is always well produced and presented. This year was great. Someone put a good deal of thought and work behind this event. Finally something with some "class".

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