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Fashion for a Cause Shatters Records, Raises $240,000 for Chesapeake Kids

About 350 attendees gathered at the Fluegel Alumni Center in Annapolis on June 7 for the 14th annual Fashion for a Cause, enjoying both beautiful weather and stylish looks while breaking fundraising records. The event raised more than $240,000 for Chesapeake Kids, a Hospice of the Chesapeake program that supports children affected by advanced illness and loss.

Bryan Nehman, cohost of C4 and Bryan Nehman weekday mornings on WBAL NewsRadio, returned for his third year as host and co-hosted the event with Hospice of the Chesapeake President and CEO Becky Miller. Together they introduced Marie Burgess, who shared her family’s journey with the Chesapeake Kids program. The room fell silent as Burgess talked about the short life of her son, Harvey, who was a pediatric hospice patient and died at age four. Burgess expressed gratitude for the grief counseling and support groups provided by the organization that had given her strength. to become a volunteer counselor. Her heartfelt story inspired many attendees to donate, contributing to the event’s record-breaking success.

Kevin Campion, one of 33 community models showing off killer looks from top Annapolis clothiers, throws a bathrobe into the crowd. Photo by Mike B. Photography

Marie Burgess shares her family’s journey with the Chesapeake Kids program. As she talked about the short life of her son Harvey, who was a children’s hospice patient, the room fell silent. Photo by Mike B. Photography.

Master of Ceremonies Bryan Nehman of WBAL greets the audience before the start of the catwalk show. Photo by Mike B. Photography.

Dr. Parabh Gill turns to the camera as the 33 community models take their final walk down the catwalk. Photo by Mike B. Photography

The fashion show featured 33 community members modeling summer fashion and accessories provided by local retailers including 3 Sisters, Alpaca International, Anthropologie, B Boutique, Bohemian Black, Charm City Run LLC, The Cottage, Cotton Company, Helly Hansen, Lilac Bijoux, The Lucky Knot, Modern Lusso, The Pink Crab, Scout and Molly’s of Annapolis, South Moon Under, Stardust Deluxe, Trendy Tides Boutique and Yves Delorme.

Attendees enjoyed a variety of food and drinks provided by local vendors, including Bayside Bull, Caliente Grille, Carpaccio Tuscan Kitchen and Wine Bar, Light House Bistro, Main and Market and Nothing Bundt Cakes. Food trucks such as Green Valley, Sweet Satisfaction and Truck of Deliciousness also contributed to the event’s culinary offering.

The event was generously supported by numerous community businesses and leaders, including presenting sponsor HM2 Buck for Hope Foundation and Red Carpet sponsor Sara Starry. Fashionista sponsors included Anne Arundel Dermatology, Angie and Ed Ponatoski, John and Cathy Belcher, Charter Financial Group, The Davies Family Foundation, Floor Systems, The Michael Stanley Foundation, Moran Insurance, Sturbridge Development Company, The Vento Family Foundation and Bill and Laura Westervelt. Supermodel sponsors included #makingadifference Fund, Baldwin Homes, Campion Hruby Landscape Architects, John and Terri Hussman, M&T Bank, Olmo Brothers Construction and Landscaping, Project Next 30 Years and REJ Consulting. Celebrity sponsors included Annapolitan Investment Group, Atlantic Forest Products, First Citizens Bank, Elizabeth Freedlander, Dr. Parabh Gill, Help for Hungry & Homeless, Lehmann Family in Memory of John C. Lehmann, Patient First, The Temple Annapolis: A Paul Mitchell Partner School, and How Are You Doing? Media, among many others.

The combination of heartfelt stories, community support and a glamorous fashion show made the 14th annual Fashion for a Cause a memorable and impactful event that ensured Chesapeake Kids could continue to provide essential services to children and families in need.