The Lady Lifers Hit The Runway for a Good Cause

By: Caitlin Vanlaningham Last Updated: February 24, 2013

Seeing as how you only live once, you might as well have a great time with the life that you have. That means making great memories with the people that mean the most to you. A great memory has many forms: a birthday party, a first kiss, a great game of touch football in the back yard. The ladies of LaPorteCountyLife got a chance to make a memory in style as runway models for the Uptown Arts Fashion Event.

It was like getting ready for a prom, a wedding, and a rave all at once. I saw a post on Facebook a few weeks ago that stated that models were needed for the Uptown Fashion Event and I decided that it sounded like an awesome idea because at LaPorteCountyLife we are always happy to get involved with the community. So I volunteered the Lady Lifers to be divas for a night.

The Uptown Fashion Event is a fundraiser for the Michigan City Mainstreet Association and the Uptown Arts District in Michigan City. It took place at Barker Hall on Friday evening. Abigale Thayer coordinated the event. She gave me a rundown of what the importance of the event.

“This event will help us raise money to put back into the area to help the local businesses, to advertise, to what we need to do keep the personal and business relationships going,” Thayer explained. “We showed a lot of clothing and styles from local businesses from Michigan City to La Porte. Clothing stores worked together with salons together to showcase themselves well.”

Businesses included: Paris House of Bridal, Darling, Urban Soles, LR Clothier, The Closet by Franklin Vintage, Beach Bum Jewels, Judee’s of La Porte, Salon Cilla, TimothyJeffry Salon, Lakefront Salon & Spa, Generations Salon and Elle Salon.

Besides the fashion show, a silent auction was conducted, there was a photo booth and food and drinks were available from Sahara Restaurant, Arturo’s Baked Goods, Farmer’s Table Catering, Bowler Man Confections and Maxine’s.

The girls and I had a great time getting ready. We each got to pick out and strut down the runway in a lovely cocktail dress from our assigned boutique which was Paris House of Bridal, we had our hair fabulously done at Salon Cilla and our awesome body art done by Ignite Body Art. While we got ourselves dolled up at the salon, I got a few words from owner Priscilla Griffith.

“I’m fabulizing the ladies,” Griffith said with a smile. “We are all about hair design and color here. Hair is art, so the Uptown Arts Affair is a great way to showcase our talents. I’ve been doing hair in Michigan City for fifteen years and I’m beyond excited about this.”

We were all excited about it. So when we finally hit the runway, each Lady Lifer had a smile that sparkled brighter than any light in the place. Combine the great fashion with great people and a great cause and you've got yourself a night that can’t be beat.

Click here to see more photos from the event!

Photos provided by Theresa Potesta, Vicki Schmidt, Karin Mick, Jenny Craig and Maureen Davey and Richard Warner of Visual Impressions Photography.