SEASIDE — Bathed in bright runway lights, volunteer models young and old sported used coats, blouses, aprons and other attire that were no worse for the wear after being lovingly refurbished by members of Our Lady of Victory and St. Peter the Fisherman’s women’s ministry.
The group held its third R3 Fashion Show, Auction and Sweet Treats at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center in August. The fundraising event, which started in 2013 and is becoming an annual tradition for the women’s ministry, showcases the value and appeal of recycling old products and giving them new life.
“We’re such a throw-away society,” event organizer Jan Lambert said. “If we could recycle and reuse things, maybe someone could re-love them.”
That concept is behind the event’s name — R3 — which represents the central theme of “Recycle, Reuse and Re-love,” while simultaneously symbolizing the parish’s faith in the holy trinity, Lambert said.
After the parish’s annual rummage sale in July, the women’s ministry took select items from among the leftovers and set to work repairing and redecorating them for inclusion in the silent auction.
Some of the items, like many of the clothes, kept their original function but were updated into contemporary styles with new trim, bead work and other ornamentation. Some of the items got new purposes entirely thanks to the volunteers’ collective “creative mind,” said fashion show coordinator Marilyn Sanbrailo.
“We try to think of how we can make things different,” Lambert agreed.
Volunteer models came from several local churches and organizations, including the Seaside branch of P.E.O., a philanthropic organization for women; Cannon Beach Community Church; the Sou’Wester Garden Club; Our Lady of Victory/St. Peter the Fisherman’s youth ministry; and others. Attendees bid on the clothing items modeled during the fashion show.
In addition to the fashion show, the event featured a live auction for four handmade quilts designed by local artists, including Lynda Newell, who created a piece titled, “Poppies.”
“The real mission is not just for our church, the Catholic church, but all our churches to focus on children,” Lambert said, emphasizing the importance of making them feel valued and needed as part of the community. “If our churches work together to build a youth program, we’ll all benefit.”