CORNWALL, Ontario – A large crowd of attendees were in awe with the various outfits displayed during the Bring on the SASS fashion show on Friday, May 3.
“Bring on the SASS is obviously our first fashion show,” explained SASS Executive Director, Angela Vinet. “It was derived by three ladies (Janice Beverdam, Betty Vinet and Susan O’Connell) who wanted to raise money for us, one being my lovely mother. So, they have kind of arranged this for us tonight.”
The event featured a spaghetti dinner, with salad and coffee or tea available afterwards. Various vendors displayed goods such as jewelry, accessories, soaps and essential oils. A massage section and card reading table were also available, as well as fashions from local stores throughout the evening.
“It is going well for our first night, and a rainy night…everyone seems to be enjoying themselves. It’s a lot of things like a girls night out,” said Vinet.
“There is (a lot of) sexual assaults in the city…we feel that so many women have been abused…we just thought this is a very viable group, and there has been an awful lot of cutbacks from the Ford government for groups that take care of serious issues in the community…” said O’Connell.
“Proceeds will be going to programming towards clients…as well as programming for the public,” said Amanda Marini-Rohde, SASS Volunteer Coordinator. “Like SASS socials, guest speakers coming in, something unique for clients to experience, as well as our healing art group (overseen) by Kim Bauersfeld for paint and canvases…”
Vinet thanked everyone who supports SASS as donations affect what the organization can offer to clients, outside of standard services.