MSO fashion show has mother-daughter theme


Due to the economy, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra Guild's latest fundraiser, a mother-daughter fashion show, will be comparatively toned down.

Unlike the guild's last fashion show, organizers said there will be no vintage Christian Dior clothes, fewer business donors and a cheaper ticket price.

"We wanted to make it more affordable," said guild president Linda Hood.

The guild, the MSO's nonprofit fundraising arm, will host "Fashion in Bloom," a luncheon and fashion show at Fountain Head Country Club on Saturday, May 16. The guild has given the event a mother-daughter theme and is billing it as an ideal Mother's Day gift - giving mom the gift of time, Hood said.

The reigning Miss Washington County, Whitney Colombo, and her mother, Jodi Colombo, are among the four mother-daughter modeling teams. Other models include teenagers and several children, Hood said. Clothing was provided by Lena's of Hagerstown and Potomac Bridals on the Square in Hagerstown. Children's clothing was provided by Lullaby Lu in Shepherdstown, W.Va.


Guild spokeswoman Yvonne Thomson said this year's show wouldn't be like the guild's previous show, held in 2007 at Musket Ridge Golf Club in Myersville, Md. Thomson said that fashion show featured vintage clothing by Christian Dior and an appearance by '50s-era Dior model Pat Tarpley, who lives near Frederick, Md.

Hood said the 2007 fashion show raised $5,791.

"I don't think we'll raise as much as we did in 2007," Hood said.

Organizers said this year, they had to brace themselves for less support from business owners and attendees. People have less money to spend. Businesses have less money and fewer resources to donate. Hood said the guild pre-emptively approached fewer donors and lowered the ticket price from $50 to $40.

Hood said the guild didn't want to tap people twice so soon because its annual ball and auction - the guild's biggest fundraiser of the year - is coming up in November. Last year's ball brought in $52,000, considerably less than past years, Hood said.

The guild's 2007 auction and ball raised $99,036, Hood said.

Organizers attributed the reduction to the bad economy.

The guild is the MSO's second-largest donor, said MSO Executive Director Andrew Kipe, after the Maryland State Arts Council.

The guild has promised to give the MSO $71,100 by the end of this fiscal year. The pledge would make up 6.6 percent of the MSO's revenue, which Kipe said was currently just over $1 million.

The MSO is facing a record deficit this year, falling nearly $200,000 (about 16 percent) short of covering its $1.26 million budget. The MSO plans to draw $100,000 from its endowment but hadn't determined how it was going to come up with the other $100,000, Kipe said Monday.

Kipe said that the MSO has received two-thirds of the guild's pledge.

"There's no concern on our part that we will not meet that pledge," Hood said.

If you go ...

WHAT: Fashion in Bloom, a fundraiser hosted by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra Guild

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 16

WHERE: Fountain Head Country Club, 13316 Fountain Head Road., north of Hagerstown

COST: $40; reservations are due Wednesday, May 13

MORE: For more information, call the MSO box office, 301-797-4000.

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