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Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter's fashion show displays thrift shop merchandise

July 28, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Frankie models a Pittsburgh Steelers T-shirt Sunday with Jeanette Lewis at a fashion show fundraiser for the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter. The shelter's thrift store in downtown Chambersburg hosted the event.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter’s fashion show held Sunday afternoon featured models not yet booked for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City.

The models were each known by one name — not unlike Tyra, Gisele and Heidi. However, Panda, Tia and Leda strutted down the runway and licked the people in the front row.

The model dogs donned scarves and outfits to join the human models displaying fashions available in the shelter’s thrift shop.

“We have a lot of nice stuff here, and it’s a way for our volunteers to show it off,” Jennifer Vanderau said, adding that many of the clothes are familiar brands with tags still attached.

Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter has a thrift store in Shippensburg, Pa., and one in Chambersburg. The Chambersburg store at 66 S. Main St. hosted the fashion show, which raised money for the shelter through the sales of admission tickets, merchandise and raffle tickets.

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“It’s all for the animals,” said Vanderau, director of communications for the shelter.

Deb Snyder of Chambersburg volunteered in the first fashion show last September and modeled two outfits again Sunday. She wore a beach cover-up ensemble, as well as black capri pants and a floral top.

Organizer Marie Agostinelli, an animal shelter board member, asked Snyder and others to participate.

“We said, ‘Of course we’ll help you out,’” said Snyder, who regularly volunteers in the thrift shop.

Brands featured included Lands’ End, Talbots, Dockers, Jones New York, and Christopher and Banks.

Olive Wagoner had not been in the thrift shop in several years.

“You can find anything you want here,” she said.

Wagoner and Beryl Ross, her friend from Providence Place Retirement Community, shopped after the show.

“I thought (the show) was wonderful, and they have done this whole place over,” Wagoner said.

Jeanette Lewis of Chambersburg works at Providence Place. She took in a cat after its owners, who lived in the retirement community, died.

Lewis walked with her 6-year-old niece, Haylie Gossert, and the cat in the show.

“They said it’s not too often they find a cat that can do this,” Lewis said, saying her cat is laid-back.

Carol Gossard of Chambersburg volunteers at the animal shelter, which is on Letterkenny Road West. She and her daughter, Erin Kretzer of Williamsport, attended the fashion show.

“I wanted to support the shelter as much as I can,” Gossard said.

Kretzer described the show as a “friendly, fun time.”

“I love that they have the animals here,” she said.

Vanderau said she expects the next show will be in September 2014.

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