Radiating poise, the models stride down the runway. A few
pause to curtsey; others wave. Some walk lightly arm-in-arm
with their tuxedo-clad escorts and one has a steady grasp on her
walker. All beam with pride.
“Welcome to the fourth annual fashion show at Acacia Creek,”
says Mary Jane Brusher, special projects manager and community liaison. Applause from 150 guests fills the dining room, in
Union City, California.
“It makes you feel good”
This year’s Spring Fling Fashion Show took place on March 21,
but preparations for the festivities began more than six months
in advance. Back in October, Brusher was already well on her
way with event preparations, choosing this year’s sponsored
charities, convincing retailers to donate clothing, and asking
local businesses to donate raffle prizes, as well as coordinating
menus, decorations – and, most importantly, models.
In January, the volunteer modeling staff gathered at Acacia
Creek’s Turkey Roost bar for an introduction to this year’s show.
They learned what they would wear (clothing donated by a
local Chico’s); who would escort them down the runway (board
members from local community organizations and Acacia Creek
residents); and what the show would support (LIFE ElderCare
and the New Haven Schools Foundation).
“I’m looking forward to a brand-new experience,” said Karen
Moody, who had just recently moved to Acacia Creek.
Acacia Creek resident Shirley Roehl had been here before. “I’m
what they call a ‘pioneer,’” she laughed. “This is my fourth time
modeling in the fashion show. It’s always a
great deal of fun and it makes you feel good.”
Judy Buchanan, another Acacia Creek
resident, helped stuff goodie bags last year,
and was encouraged by her positive experi-
ence to give modeling a try. “I really enjoyed
spending time with other residents who I
hadn’t yet gotten to know,” she said.
Acacia Creek Retirement Counselor
Martha Crawford was among this year’s new
models. Crawford, who once attended the
London Academy of Modeling, planned to
use her experience to choreograph the show.
“I’m honored to be included as a model for
the first time,” she said. “And, I’m so excited
to see what we’ll be wearing! Chico’s clothing just lights up your eyes.”
In addition to preparing to model, Acacia
Creek resident Shirley Moore was busy
researching music. She planned to play the
AT THE SPRING FLING FASHION SHOW, PATRICIA OSAGE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
OF LIFE ELDERCARE (CENTER), IS ESCORTED BY LIFE ELDERCARE BOARD
MEMBER RAKESH SHARMA AND ACACIA CREEK RESIDENT CHUCK BUCHANAN.
ACACIA CREEK RESIDENTS
CELEBRATE FUN, FASHION, AND
by Michelle Simone