A Philanthropic Fun: Reinvention & Recovery

Nineteen designers took part in the annual Bridge House / Grace House fundraiser.

The annual Bridge House / Grace House “Recycled Fashion Show,” which took place on February 9, invited 19 local designers to showcase the possibilities of renewal with re-envisioned treasures found in their thrift stores for a unique fashion show experience. For the occasion, Rock ’n’ Bowl transformed into a fashion show complete with a runway, ropes and stanchions provided by Fleur de Lis Event Rentals.

Each of the designers was given a $75 gift certificate and asked to create two outfits. Participating designers were Brenda Daws, Danielle Arthur, Darlene Hargreaves, Dawn Bagala Cantrelle, Face, Germanie Taylor, Jann Darsie, Joanna Daunie, Joy Gauss, Lindsey Jakiel Diulus, Mary Ann Murphy, Matthew Pilote, Misty Caster, Nathalie DuPont, Nicole Buuck, Shannon Dettrow, Shantel Caloian, Susan Cross and Tysean Riles. Lauren “Fleurty Girl” Haydel and Andrew Ward served as Emcees. Complimentary food was available to all attendees from Apolline, Come Back Inn, CoolBrew Coffee, Cowbell, Five Happiness, Foodie Fest / GBP Direct, Gattuso’s Neighborhood Bar & Restaurant, Gulf Tacos, Haydel’s Bakery, Jaclyn Ezzo, Joey K’s Restaurant & Bar, Kimbo’s Kitchen, La Louisiane Bakery, Lil Dizzy’s Café and The Court of Two Sisters. Thirty-five items were offered at the Silent Auction, in addition to the 33 outfits from the show.

This year’s event, which hosted 200 guests, was made possible by the committee: Barbara Gaiennie, Becky Bourg, Diana Parham, Eileen Chapoton, Jeffery Carlson, Joanna Daunie, Julie Graham and Mariel Kuebel. Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust returned as Presenting Sponsor for the second year in a row. St. Charles Avenue and MyNewOrleans.com served as this year’s Media Sponsors. In celebration of their 20th anniversary ride, members of the Krewe of Muses handed out throws.

The only organization offering long-term residential substance-use disorder treatment in the Greater New Orleans Area, Bridge House / Grace House’s services are offered regardless of one’s ability to pay. Funds raised through the Recycled Fashion Show help provide treatment to the hundreds of homeless, indigent, uninsured and/or unemployed men and women Bridge House / Grace House serves each year.

 

Event at a Glance

What: 11th annual “Recycled Fashion Show 2020,” benefiting Bridge House / Grace House

When: Sunday, February 9

Where: Rock ’n’ Bowl

 

Bonnie Wilson, Jennifer Holmes, Kristin Turner and Elizabeth Tierney

Angelle and Chip Verges

Nicholas Pontiff, Julie Pontiff and Emcee Andrew Ward

Kevin Gardere with Adrienne and Roland Gieger

Mardel Kuebel, Else Pedersen and Barbara Gaienne

Emcee Andrew Ward