Prom fashion show designed to raise awareness for women's center

February 27, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Kyra Sharp of Inwood, W.Va., wears a formal gown during the prom fashion show Sunday in Martinsburg, W.Va.
Jennifer Fitch

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Short, shimmering, beaded and flowing, the dresses on display Sunday at the Historic McFarland House differed greatly, but served one purpose.

The prom fashion show was designed to raise money for the Shenandoah Women’s Center’s work with victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

“When women are neglected and abused in our community, they need a place to go,” said Lisa Schweiger, marketing coordinator for Personal Reflections Day Spa.

The event raised $1,500, Schweiger said.

The Inwood, W.Va., spa sponsored the show, which featured teenage models on a red carpet that stretched past dozens of attendees. Some gowns had traditional designs, materials and colors, while others showed off prints, faux leather, beaded straps, corseted tops and jersey material.

In addition to fashions from The Barn of Bunker Hill, W.Va., other featured businesses were Classic Chocolates/Sweet Inspirations, C.C.’s Cupcakes, Viva La Glam Photography, ELP Entertainment and Athelia footwear.

The event’s keynote speaker was Mrs. Berkeley County Amy Olack.

Martinsburg resident Connie Patterson attended the show to see her granddaughters Jasmin Duffy and Amanda Wilson walk.

“The gowns are beautiful. ... For girls who just dropped into this, they did really well,” Patterson said.

Jasmin’s mother, Stephanie Duffy, said the 17-year-old wants to audition for “America’s Next Top Model.”

“She’s fearless,” Patterson said.

Patty Wise of Great Cacapon, W.Va., also had two granddaughters serving as models. Kaylene Perry, 14, and Destiny Fox, 16, joined the other models in changing three times for the show.

Kaylene’s mother, Angie Perry, said the girls really enjoyed getting pampered for the event.

Shenandoah Women’s Center Executive Director Ann Smith said the organization operates a shelter, provides free counseling, helps women in hospital emergency rooms and develops safety plans with victims.

For more information on the women’s center, go to

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