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Dine in style at ACS Holiday Wrappings fashion show, lunch

(Nov. 29, 2013) Styles from 15 local clothiers and a hot lunch are on the menu for the 25th annual Holiday Wrappings fashion show and luncheon, an event to benefit the American Cancer Society, Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Tickets should be reserved by Monday, Dec. 2, for the show.

Special this year, Holiday Wrappings will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ACS with a short, informational video replacing the traditional guest speaker at the event.

“There are leaps and bounds where the America Cancer Society has come in 100 years,” said Holiday Wrappings chairwoman Dawne Pappas, who’s volunteered with the ACS for more than 20 years.

“It’s very dear to my heart,” Pappas said of the show. “I lost my mom over the summer to a brain tumor.”

She said many who participate in the show have also been touched by cancer, either personally or through a loved one.

Holiday Wrappings drew about 500 people last year, raising around $34,000 for the American Cancer Society, which funds local programs including Road to Recovery, Man to Man, Look Good Feel Better and Reach to Recovery, Pappas said.

The funds raised aren’t earmarked for breast cancer or any specific type of cancer research, she said.

This year’s Holiday Wrappings show will feature styles from 15 local stores, including  Raggamuffin and Bungalow Seven, showcasing outfits from children’s clothes to bridal fashion. All of the models are all locals, Pappas said.

There will be a hot lunch featuring chicken stuffed with acorn squash catered by Centerplate included in the price of the ticket. Snow Hill’s Miss Patti Cake will dish up cupcakes for the event.

An auction for items such as airline tickets with accommodation for Miami Beach, cocktail parties at restaurants like Longboard Café and Gallaxy 66 Bar & Grille, jewelry and artwork will take place.

“Everything is donated by the businesses,” Pappas said. “The community’s extremely kind to us.”

Expect to hear tunes from Irie radio’s DJ Batman, a staple at the annual show, and a performance by Seaside Dance Academy.

Convention center doors open at 10:30 a.m. with a warm lunch at noon and the fashion show kicking off at 1 p.m. Though most attendees are women, there are always a handful of men, including Pappas’ grandfather, at the event.

The fashion show will end around 2 p.m., allowing everyone to get home before school lets out.

“It’s just a great wintertime event,”

Pappas said.

Reserve a ticket to the 2013 Holiday Wrappings fashion show and luncheon at the convention center box office or by visiting www.acsholidaywrappings.org.

For more information, email Pappas at dpappo@aol.com or call her at 443-880-2310. Learn more about the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.

Participating stores:  CraZy LadyZ!, Bruder Hill, Coconut Kids, South Moon Under, SeaQuest, Josephine’s Daughter, The Dressing Room, Southern Exposure, Raggamuffin, Blooming Boutique, Bungalow 7, Alexis Jade Boutique, Bomshell Boutique, Bustles, You’re Invited

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