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Diamonds are Forever' Fashion Show Brings in Spring

Betty Ann Woodland | The Vail Daily

On March 28 at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort the Vail Valley Medical Center Volunteer Corps and presenting sponsor US Bank held the 27th annual Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon with a James Bond theme. The fashion show was reminiscent of some of the favorite James Bond movies with Kathy Morrow belting out scores from the films including “Diamonds are Forever.” There were statuesque men in tuxedos and women in beautiful spring fashion. The show flowed without a hitch thanks to a what seemed like an army of volunteers and the steadfast energy and dedication of a few.

When asked how the planning was going earlier this past week event Chair Anna-Maria Ray said “I think that we have well over 700 hours of volunteer time into this event.” Ray and Co-Chair Sandy Jacaruso thanked US Bank for their continued support and partnership as well as the contributing sponsors volunteers and of course the models. Hair stylists from Ooh La La Salon and Dragonfly Hair Lounge coiffed the ladies. Terri Martin was the right hand gal and channeled her best Bond Girl.

The show kicked off with a collection from Pepi's Boutique of Vail that highlighted trends for spring 2014. Kelly Dexter is a manager and buyer for Pepi's Boutique who had worked tirelessly for the event. “We were at the Marriott until ten the night before for rehearsal up early on Friday for the show and were unpacking back at Pepi's that evening” Dexter said. “It was a long day but the clothes looked great and it was a lot of fun.” The show concluded with a collection from International Designer Julian Chang and can be found at Merle Norman Boutique.

Fashion For A Cause
Every year the Fashion Show generates funds to support a specific need within the community. This year the Volunteer Corps will contribute all of the proceeds from the event to the Vail Valley Medical Center's ThinkFirst program which provides education and materials including bicycle helmets to prevent brain and spinal injuries.

Ray who has been chair for the event for five years thanked everyone for their unwavering support. “On behalf on the Vail Valley Medical Center Volunteer Corps thank you for attending this event and for your ongoing support throughout the many years that this event has been in place” she said.

On behalf of fashionistas throughout the Valley a thank you goes out to Ray and her team for bringing a breath of fresh air to the Valley. Spring has officially sprung at least on fabric.