ALTON — Fashion takes flight in Alton on July 31 to help a local children’s hospice organization acquire a new vehicle and area therapist.
The first annual “Butterfly Beginnings: A Style Soiree” will allow guests to spend an evening checking out local boutique fashion trends and accessories while enjoying a live fashion show. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Alton.
Dinner at 6:30 p.m. will be accompanied by live music from Ralph Butler and Gigi Stavros Darr. A stylish fashion show will follow at 7:15, emceed by celebrity entertainer Tess Boyer of Glen Carbon, who was a semi-finalist on NBC’s “The Voice” singing competition this season.
Guests also can shop local boutique submissions from hazel2blue, By Design, JMC Design Gallery, Macy’s, Jeni J’s Unique Gifts from Grafton, and The Belle of the Bow from Jerseyville.
Hair design and makeup trends will be on display through the models from Salon Couture in Godfrey.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Wings program of BJC Hospice. Friends of Wings Illinois is raising money to bring a new Wings on Wheels vehicle and therapist to serve the Greater Alton area.
“We are so excited,” Friends of Wings board member and Butterfly Beginnings chair Brenda Eardley said. “We are a fairly new board for this side of the river, and we hope the event will not only be fun, but will be informative, letting people know more about Friends of Wings and how it can help children.”
Friends of Wings supports the nonprofit BJC Wings children’s hospice and palliative care program. The Wings program provides service to children who have progressive, life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses and also provides support to the families, who often are not financially equipped to pay the sometimes staggering medical bills.
Friends of Wings was formed 10 years ago in St. Louis.
“Everyone hopes they will never need these types of services, but the reality is that these services are needed,” Eardley said. “It’s good to know what’s available if that time arises, in that time of crisis. It’s such a great organization, and it’s not just for support of the children, but their families as well.”
All money raised from the event will stay in Illinois, something important to Eardley.
“Our hearts are heavy for all of these precious children fighting the fight,” she said. “If we can do one little thing to help ease the burden of the child or their family, we feel like we have made a tiny difference.”
The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with registration and cocktail hour. Tickets are $40, cash bar is available, and gift certificates will be awarded throughout the evening.
For more information, visit www.friendsofwings.org.