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Childhelp Hosts Fashion Show

Organization helps deal with child abuse.

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Connie Benedetto, left, received the 2010 Champion for Children award, accompanied by her four children.

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Jane Lewis and Jean Garbias, both residents of McLean, enjoying the silent auction.

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Nancy Power and granddaughter Morgan Pence of Great Falls pictured before the fashion show.

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Vocalist Angelique Ashworth singing ‘Send It On’ to start the show.

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Cindy Perkins selling her personally designed belt buckles.

Friends of all ages gathered at the Sheraton Premier on Saturday to attend the Fifth Annual Childhelp Fashion Show and Luncheon.

All proceeds from the event went to Childhelp, a group founded by Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, whose mission is to help children affected by any form of abuse find a happier life. Money raised at this event is used to buying supplies for children living at one of the Childhelp-supported facilities, including bikes and helmets, or throwing a birthday party for children that may have never had one. It also goes to keeping the hotline up and running where people can report acts of abuse.

The event started with a silent auction, followed by a lunch, during which there was a performance by vocalist Angelique Ashworth, and speeches by co-chair of the event Natalie Lambert and Rebecca Cooper. Then there was a live auction and the fashion show.

Connie Benedetto, 2010’s “Champion for Children” was also recognized at this event. She told her tale of her own childhood abuse and how Childhelp was there to help her through the difficult time.

“Connie also serves as a stellar example to all those who have endured the same tortures, but yet have managed to grasp the gift of life, prevail, and be a better parent than the ones that they have been given,” said Washington, D.C. area Childhelp President Christin Klaff.

Childhelp is always looking for more volunteers to help out. For more information, visit www.childhelpdc.org

<b>— Stephanie Knapp</b>