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“Something Old, Something New” in wedding dress modeling: fashion event for the ages
Wedding dress modeling, featuring outfits from fashion boutiques and much more at a fashion event in Chicago. Generations of women from St. Mary’s Parish in Buffalo Grove will be modeling their wedding dresses at a charity fashion show this weekend, reports Nadia Malik of Daily Herald, the suburban Chicago's edition. The two-day event called “Something Old, Something New” will also include some celebrities, such as NBC 5 anchor Bruce Wolf, the original “Bachelorette” Jen Schefft and Kathy Hart from WTMX 101.9-FM, who is a parish member and will be modeling. “One of the greatest things about this is it’s pulling together all different ages in the parish,” said Anna Zimmerman, parish spokeswoman. The event will start 6 p.m. Friday at the Westin North Shore Hotel, 601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling. The evening will include cocktails at 6 p.m., the fashion show with Wolf hosting at 7:15 p.m. and dinner and dancing. Music will be provided by the Ralph Wilder Orchestra. The Women’s Club will finish the fundraiser with a luncheon and raffle at 11 a.m. Saturday with Schefft. Besides individual parishioners, at least 11 families will take part in the show, including three members of the Raupp family, who helped found Buffalo Grove. “Clara Raupp, she’s in it with her two daughters in her original wedding dress,” said Roseann Byrne, event organizer. “Her two daughters also wore that same dress.” The models will be accompanied by photographs of their weddings projected in the background. Some of the highlights include a bride wearing the gown she and four of her sisters wore; a bride who appeared in the 1952 issue of Modern Bride; and a bride wearing an Indian sari. The event also will feature outfits from Lord and Taylor and other boutiques, along with raffles. High school seniors will also be modeling evening wear. Members of the parish have also sponsored about 50 residents of assisted living facilities in the area to attend the show. Byrne said many of those attendees normally wouldn’t have the funds or the transportation to make it out. The fashion show is one of the parish’s main fundraisers for the year. St. Mary’s serves more than 4,000 families from Buffalo Grove, Wheeling, Long Grove, Arlington Heights and Hawthorn Woods. The event has been ongoing for decades; in fact, some of the older women modeling in the show helped organize the first fundraisers!