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FUNDRAISING THROUGH FASHION | COMPASSION THROUGH FASHION SHOW 2018 | NEW DIRECTIONS SHELTERS

On Saturday, April 21st, EBS partnered with New Directions to create, dare I say it, the best fashion show on the Grand Strand. The 3rd Annual Compassion Through Fashion (CTF) at the Marriott Grande Dunes benefitted New Directions (ND) to provide food, shelter, safety, and hope for homeless men, women, children, and veterans. The ND team works to make sure that everyone who comes by the shelters can see and live up to their full potential.

Each CTF entry was required to create an exclusive, engaging and intriguing design for their models to wear as they walked the runway. But here’s the catch, all designs had to be made out of recycled materials! The participants this year used everything from ponchos to water bottles, bubble wrap and even comic book pages. Each design was truly unbelievable.

During the event, guests had the opportunity to bid on over 50 silent auction items ranging from hotel stays to concert tickets. 30 bottles of wine were donated by members of the community to be sold at the event for $12 each. Each bottle sold, paid for a homeless individual to have safety, shelter, and food for one night.

When our team first started on this venture alongside with ND, we set a goal to raise $50,000 for the shelters. By the end of the night, we had raised over $61,000 thanks to our sponsors, community members and generous donations! All of the proceeds will benefit the shelters in Myrtle Beach to help thousands of people reach their full potential.

Compassion Through Fashion gathered over 30 sponsorships, including two presenting sponsors, McDonald’s and Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina. These presenting sponsors each gave $5,000 to help make the 3rd Annual CTF a success.  

To make judging our lovely participants fair, our team found 5 local celebrity judges to help us choose the winners. We had the pleasure of welcoming to the show the beautiful Meghan Miller of WBTW News13, the charming Thomas Davis of Collectors Café & Gallery, the charismatic Carl Kerridge of Carl Kerridge Photography, the infatuating Joujou Safa of Bijuju, and the elegant Kalina Smith of RK Consignments and Interiors, Inc.

Our 5 judges had their work cut out for them with our 17 amazing participants. Each participant offered a unique and entrancing design as they strutted down the runway to custom tunes played by our guest DJ Matt Hayward. Next year, the CTF team wants to have over 30 participants! We think we can do it!

Overall, we had such a blast planning this event. It was a huge success and we already can’t wait until the 4th Annual Compassion Through Fashion.

 

xoxo,

EVENTS BY SANTANA

 

PLANNING. DECOR. DESIGN | EVENTS BY SANTANA

PHOTOGRAPHER | Michelle Coleman Photography 

DJ | Matt Hayward of Heroes 4 Hire, LLC 

VENUE | Marriott Grande Dunes

STAGING & LIGHTING | Stormfront Productions

PRESENTING SPONSORS | Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina and McDonald's Restaurants of the Grand Strand

JUDGES | WBTW News13Collectors Café & GalleryCarl Kerridge PhotographyBijujuRK Consignments and Interiors, Inc.

PROGRAM PRINTING | The Printing Port

PROGRAM DESIGN | Maura Utley 

 

FASHION SHOW DESIGNERS & ENTRIES: The Ole' Irish Pub, Surfside United Methodist Church, Myrtle Beach Police Department, Mary-Addison Davis, Myrtle Beach Yacht Club, Kim Clora-Rodgers, The Rowan Family, Beau Soleil Weddings, Jen Pierce, ND Case Management Team, Bagel Port Cafe & Deli, HGTC Cosmetology Dept., Grand Strand Optimist Club, United Contractors Roofing, Mudgravy

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!! *2*

Hi! I’m Santana and I am beyond excited to announce the 2 year anniversary of Events By Santana;  my business, my passion, my baby! 

Events By Santana has coordinated over 50 events, featured in numerous bridal magazines, made TV appearances and competed in the local Dancing with the Stars. I have partnered with companies such as The Hammock Shops and Gay Dolphin to organize events including the renowned Sun Fun Festival and The Shrimp and Grits Cook-Off. Charleston Weddings are always a personal favorite and the Fashion Show in Market Common is a thrilling event I look forward to every year!

This summer, EBS has been accepted into the Leadership Grand Strand program, giving me the perfect opportunity to give back to a community that has given so much to me over these two years.

I have had an outrageous amount of support from my family, friends, and vendors I’ve met over the years. My girl Heather is a smart, driven, beautiful, creative supermodel who will do big things with her future! 

Especially thank you to two particular people :: 1. My boyfriend, Bill, for always believing in my success, sticking with me through the ups & downs, and cheering me on every step of the way! 2. Hannah (Hannah Ruth Photography), my awesome, goofy, photographer best friend! You have captured my (our) journey of wackiness and continue to amaze me with your beautiful work! 

This company represents diversity, edginess, strength, and independence. I will continue to be take chances and try new things and never forget where I came from. 

There’s no telling how far EBS can go!

XOXO 

-Santana