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IN THE COMMUNITY

Giving Goes Glam
BENEFITS FAMILY PROMISE OF BERKS COUNTY
By Alicia Lee, Hoffmann Publishing Group and West Reading resident

Each year the L.O.V.E. Team of West Reading hosts a fashion show that benefits
a non-profit organization. The team is an energetic organization of Leaders
Outpouring Vitality Everyday in the West Reading community.
On Wednesday, Oct. 4, the organization's sixth annual fashion show was held to
benefit Family Promise of Berks County, an organization that provides housing
in area churches for families who are experiencing a temporary period of
homelessness, in addition to services for youth who are without housing.
The mission of Family Promise is to increase family units because
families who can remain together tend to experience more successful
outcomes than those who don't. Elise Chesson, the executive
director, participated in the fashion show, modeling several
beautiful fall fashions.
The Neag Planetarium at the Reading Public Museum was the
backdrop to this fabulous event, which every year features West
Reading shops, boutiques, food and wine. The amazing Katie
Scarlett & Charlie Wayno warmly welcomed the attendees on the
runway for happy hour. They entertained the crowd for about an
hour while attendees tasted small offerings from restaurants. During
this time, participants were encouraged to purchase raffle tickets
and participate in the silent auction. Many West Reading restaurants
turned out to provide visitors with a sampling of their delicious food. For
example, Chef Alans provided a crab dip, 3rd and Spruce offered bruschetta,
and La Abuela
an empanada. The Farmhouse Kitchen served up homemade hummus, guacamole,
and drinks. Some other participants were The Green Bean Café, Café Bold, and Say Cheese.
The fashion show began promptly at 6 p.m. and included many fashion looks, including casual athletic apparel from A Running
Start to evening looks from Bella Jules. Mark Ratcliffe, West Reading Main Street Manager, was in the fashion show wearing a suit
from Sharp Dressed Man. Another crowd pleaser was a fur vest from Pollack Furs. With a short intermission, attendees were able
to grab some dessert and coffee from West Reading businesses. It was a delight to see Benchwarmers Coffee & Doughnuts, Ady
Cakes, Sweet Ride Ice Cream, Miller's Bakery, Sweet Surprises and many more with sweet bites. My favorite sweet bite was the
macaroon from The Well Dressed Cake.

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