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Fashion show to raise money for shelter

Fashion show to raise money for shelter

Inspired by the upcoming Kentucky Derby, Meridith Barth shows off one of the many ensembles to appear in the 25th annual Friends of Sojourner’s Style Show from Ivor’s Trunk in downtown Charleston. Dress by Adrianna Rapell. Hat by C&C Exclusives.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Putting their best fashion foot forward to benefit those less fortunate, some of the top retailers in the Kanawha Valley will be featured in the 25th annual Friends of Sojourner’s Style Show, set for 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Woman’s Club of Charleston, 1600 Virginia St. E. Sojourner’s is a shelter for homeless women and families operated by the YWCA.

“We were talking about this the other day and it seems that over the past 25 years, the Friends of Sojourner’s has contributed well over $150,000 to the shelter,” said Marilyn Wrenn, communications director at the YWCA. “We’ve sheltered 25,000 people during that same time period — that’s an average of 1,000 people a year.”

The all-volunteer organization which works to benefit the shelter year-round, expects to raise about $6,000 at the fashion show this year — 100 percent will be donated to the shelter for use in a variety of ways.

“The Friends of Sojourner’s play an important role as coordinators of this event,” Wrenn said. “Their dedication to the shelter is astounding.”

The organization volunteers its time as a community service, knowing that everyone is vulnerable to times of hardship.

“The group wanted to do something to help those women less fortunate who were trying hard to put their lives together for themselves and their families,” said Jan Strope, one of this year’s organizers. “We realize that any of us could become homeless as a result of unforeseen circumstances.”

The luncheon event, with an expected attendance of 150, will be catered by Tastefully Dun Catering and feature a silent auction.

Models will appear in spring fashions from Kelley’s Men’s Shop, Brandon Aubrey, White House | Black Market, Buckle, Ivor’s Trunk, Cornucopia, Charlie Boutique, Heidi Dylan Boutique, The Dressmaker’s Closet and Erika Ford of CC Quilters.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door; to purchase, call 304-205-6044 or visit

Reach Marta Tankersley Hays at, 304-348-1249 or follow @MartaRee on Twitter.

Funerals for Sunday, September 22, 2019

Browning, Thelma - 1 p.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Cooper, Corey- 2 p.m., Henson & Kitchen Funeral Mortuary, Huntington.

Pennington, Connie- 2 p.m., White Cemetery, Danese. 

Waybright, Gerald- 3:30 p.m., Pickens Cemetery, Pickens. 

Young, Susan- 3 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield.