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"Spring into Summer"

Fashion Show Attendees
had a Ball

The PinkRose Foundation launched its first annual “Spring into Summer” fashion show, displaying a passion for fashion and fun. The sold out event at the historical Endicott Estate in Dedham raised funds to provide scholarships to children who have lost a parent to breast cancer. This was a night of fascination as the attendees mingled against the backdrop of the old world charm of the Endicott Estate and enjoyed supreme pampering. There were endless hors d’oeuvres such as Beef Wellington and Brie & Pear Phyllo served on silver trays carried by the “Boys of Summer” These gracious young men, Chris Blizzard, Jack Gallivan, James Hoag, John Jay, John Miele, Dagget Morse, Gary O’Connell, Sergi Pisareusny and Nick Vaughn did a superb job of serving the hot hors d’oeuvres provided by Gourmet Caterers and by Domenic and Anthony Caterers.

The evening sparkled with enthusiasm against a background of soft musical pieces, with 200 women chatting and tasting various wines from Long Island wineries, new “low carb” beers and the chic martini all served in elegant fluted stemware. Tables were adorned with pink roses provided by the Dedham Flower Shoppe, and organic vegetable platters provided by Dedham Stop & Shop. Butler Linens donated the table linens. Excitement and suspense filled the silent auction room where attendees bid on luxurious items. The overnight getaway at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, MA along with a dinner at Davio's and 4 passes to the Museum of Science created a bidding war.

Guests anticipated summer fun watching the models present J. Jill’s “Beat the Heat “ collection of chic shorts, breezy skirts and tops, island beach pants, and fashionable work clothes, in the hot new colors of summer: hibiscus and tangerine. The music changed to a punchy fashion beat as models, Linda Buono, Cathy Gallivan, Sandy Rubico, Kathy Schortmann, Sue Shelley, and Jill Weber pirouetted throughout the rooms creating a buzz of oohs and ahs, applause, and smiles. The 40-minute show highlighted the eclecticism that is setting a trend in fashion today. Hair designs by Lisa McCann were sleek and straight, adapting to all the outfits showcased. Vera Willet of Divinia Studio in Norwood enhanced the models marvelous features with makeup from Dr. Hauschka, in bold summer colors.


This evening continued with decadent desserts of chocolate cake and strawberry shortcake by Montilio’s Bakery. The “Boys of Summer” further indulged the guests with large strawberries dipped in dark or white chocolate, all made by the Chocolate Dipper. While guests were enjoying dessert, the raffle gift baskets and auction items were called by Gina Jay and awarded to the winners.

Upon leaving, each guest was presented with a Thank-you bag, crafted by Anna Still, with a pink passion ribbon adorning the stamped card which read ” Appreciation is the memory of the Heart”, containing a 20% discount card for J.Jill clothes and organic skincare products from the Dr. Hauschka line, consistent with the PinkRose Foundation’s message for women to realize the possible link between breast cancer and parabens and phthalates found in many of the cosmetic skincare lines. Deidre Iadorola gladly assembled the thank-you bags with the donated items prior to the event.

The PinkRose Foundation thanks all sponsors, donors, advertisers and volunteers who helped us produce the “Spring into Summer” Fashion Show. All our lives have been touched by your generosity and kindness. Our labor of love will show in the smiles of the children. Scholarship applications open June 1st and close August 31st. Click to download an application.


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