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Mary Kay consultants, Nadine's to host annual women's fashion show fund-raiser

With warmer weather and cooler clothing options hopefully just around the corner, summer fashion help is on the way, too.

An annual occurrence since 2000, a number of area Mary Kay independent sales consultants and directors have put together a yearly fashion gathering and fund-raiser to benefit the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation.

This year's fund-raising event will be held on Wednesday, May 7, at the Lakeside Golf Club in Perham starting at 7 p.m. It will feature a silent auction, various speakers, flowering hanging baskets for purchase and clothing lines by Nadine's Ladies Fashion in Perham.

Proceeds from the event will go to cancer research and local crisis centers in the lakes area community, said local Mary Kay sales director Janaya Davis. Davis, along with Mary Kay sales directors Gail Langer and Jennifer Koennicke, who hail from Perham and New York Mills, respectively, is helping to coordinate the spring fashion affair.

Tickets to attend the fashion fund-raiser are $10 and available for purchase at the door. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation, which helps support finding a cure for women's cancers and putting an end to violence against women, Davis noted.

"It is a great event and great cause," said Davis. "We are planning for about 1,000 guests and will have great speakers, silent auction items to bid on and hanging baskets available for purchase."

Created in 1996, the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation is a non-profit foundation that receives donations from members of the general public, Mary Kay independent sales staffers and employees.

"The mission of the MKACF is two-fold: help eliminate cancers affecting women by supporting top medical scientists who are searching for a cure for breast, uterine, cervical and ovarian cancers and help end violence against women by providing grants to women's shelters and supporting community outreach programs," states the Mary Kay Ash Foundation Web site.

To date, the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation has granted more than $13 million to the two aforementioned causes.

"We are excited to be doing another fashion show this year and are happy to be able to give back the communities in which we work and live," commented Davis.

Combining her businesses, Davis will be offering hanging baskets from her garden shop at the annual fashion show gathering, with all proceeds also going to benefit the MKACF.

"The baskets are $20 each and great for Mother's Day," noted Davis who owns and operates Jay's Garden Shop.