November 5, 2012
Toga Tattlers Blog

Shopping and philanthropy came together in perfect harmony at Sunday’s One Stop Holiday Shop and Fashion Show to benefit the Prevention Council. Guests arrived at Longfellows restaurant, filled with pop up shops from around the area and were able to browse and snap up goodies before the luncheon and program began.

Some of the participating stores included Karalinas, Little Red Millinery, RM Irish Jewels, Thirty One Gifts and Saratoga Debut. Also on hand to keep guests looking coiffed and glam were Spa Cascada Salon and Spa and Fusion Salon.

Ashley, Fran and Erica Dingeman/Photo by Eric Jenks

We bumped into the always gracious Heather Kisselback, Executive Director of the Prevention Council, on the way in. She spoke to us about the significance of the event. “This is our third fashion show to support the Prevention Council programs, which range from bullying, to drug and alcohol programs in school. We work with everyone, kids from kindergarten up to high school age. State funding keeps disappearing, but we want to keep our programs at the same level and fundraisers like this one help us fill in that gap.”

Heather managed to run the event while looking fabulous in a navy and pink ensemble, complete with fascinator. The room was hopping with eager shoppers and supporters of the Prevention Council and we bumped into the lovely Christine Joyce, Carolyn Willard and Llona Hogan who were mingling in the crowd. We also chatted with Deborah Docyk of Sanctuary Spa, who was one of the event’s raffle donors.

Assemblyman Jim Tedisco with his adorable dog Gracie/Photo by Eric Jenks

As guests were seated for the luncheon, the models lined up backstage to get ready for the fashion show. Some of the models included Jerilyn Hogan with her beautiful children, Catie and Jack, John Witt of Witt Construction, Assemblyman Jim Tedisco with his adorable dog Gracie, Jim Murphy’s statuesque daughters, Caroline and Claire, Fran Dingeman and her lovely daughters, Ashley and Erica, Angela Beddoe, Gloria Griskowitz, Heather Green, Stephen Heidorn, Dr. Barbara Messier, Mike Piccirillo, Melissa Ward and Mindy Wormuth.

The Tattlers, along with our families, were also delighted to be modeling in the show and we were thrilled with our chosen outfits. Robin’s coat from Saratoga Saddlery was to die for and Jenny’s shearling-lined Ugg boots from Mountainman Saratoga Outfitters were coveted by more than one guest. The models were dressed in a range of apparel from evening wear from Rockabella and Violet’s and Stella’s, The National and Spoken Boutique, to fabulous ski wear and winter apparel from Saratoga Saddlery, Mountainman Saratoga Outfitters and Alpine Ski Shop.

Event chair Deirdre Ladd and her committee did a wonderful job organizing the event. The luncheon was a seamless blend of fun and fashion, all for a wonderful cause.