By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – Saving animals never looked so good. An OSPCA fundraising event with a fashionable twist raised $8,500.
Connor Larkin at the Posing for Paws fashion charity and silent auction event. OSPCA volunteer and event organizer Christina Russell announces the models from the podium.
The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry branch left their previous live auction format behind and switched it up for a trendier event with a silent auction.
“People have attached themselves to our cause and really supported our fashion show even though it’s the first time,” said Christina Russell, event organizer and member of the OSPCA fundraising committee.
19 models strutted down the runway showing off over 60 outfits at the Nav Centre. Clothing being modeled featured the latest fashion trends of Auld Kirktown, The Squire Shop and Jewelry from Stella & Dot. Volunteers provided free hairstyling, makeup and musical talent to add some extra glamour.
“We’re here for the animals. It’s nice to give back to the community,” said Melanie Boileau, volunteer photographer.
Carol Link, OSPCA branch manager, said Russell’s annual fundraising events are a big reason the animal shelter remains active.
“She has been a great asset to the shelter,” she said.
The event will help the OSPCA cover costs for vaccinations, unexpected surgeries, daily operations and several other factors.
A silent auction also featured items donated by many local sponsors. A highlight of the evening was an intimate performance by singer/songwriter Tracy Lalonde.
To volunteer or make a donation to the OSPCA, visit www.sdg.ontariospca.ca.