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Second Look Fashion Show to benefit soup kitchen, food pantry

Sarah Jason | BDN
Sarah Jason | BDN
Adrian Foster (left) and Makinzie Hurst model looks that will be among those shown at the Second Look Fashion Show to be held Saturday, March 24, at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer. The event, featuring outfits put together from clothing found at area thrift shops, will benefit the Breaking Bread Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry in Bangor.
By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — Models sporting spring colors and trendy fashions will walk the runway at the Second Look Fashion Show that will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Jeff’s Catering, 15 Littlefield Way. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The evening will feature a runway show with the hottest second-time-around looks.

The 25 or 30 models participating in the event were taken shopping at area thrift shops in order to find the find best look for them, said James Gallagher, the event coordinator.

“We wanted to find the best look for a body type,” he said. “We’re finding dresses for $5. We bought all the looks in the show for about $150. It’s a great adventure to go out and look for these clothes.”

Gallagher and Brittney Kingsbury will style the looks.

The event will benefit the Breaking Bread Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry located at the Apostolic Lighthouse, 517 Hammond St. The program will celebrate the organization’s one year anniversary. Lunch is served 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays and the food pantry is open 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays.

“All the food is prepared the day it is served,” said Gallagher, who is the cook at the soup kitchen.

“We started by serving lunch to 25 people a year ago. Now we get 100. Word is getting out and people have a great time. We make them welcome and feel like they are part of our family. We do not limit anybody. Everybody is invited. There’s a donation jar for those who can afford to give something,” said Gallagher, the founder and director of the program and also the fundraising director of the church. The program also delivers meals to housebound elderly people.

“This is our way of showing appreciation for all that the community has done for us and giving back to them,” he said.

On Christmas Day 2011, Gallagher said the program served 525 meals. He had expected 300.

“These were all brand new faces to us,” he said, suggesting that it was a reflection of tough economic times.

Gallagher said the meals program and food pantry are funded privately and through fundraisers in order to retain control of who may be served. “We want to help everyone. We don’t ask about your background. We are just there to help you because we understand you need help,” he said.

The fashion show also will include 50/50 raffles and a social hour during which the outfits in the show will be auctioned. Church member Stephanie Kingsbury of Orrington will sing at the event. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

Sponsors of the event are Country Thyme Candy, Sweets and Gifts; Mastercuts, whose staff will style the models’ hair; Avon representative Jennifer Brown of Bangor who will do the models’ makeup; and Sarah Jason of Orono who will be on hand to do photography.

Tickets, available at Country Thyme, 584 Hammond St., are $15 or $25 for VIP seating. For information, call Gallagher at 570-8107.

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