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Port Hueneme fashion show honors public servants.
Dressed in top hats and designer wear, several public service employees strutted their stuff at a fashion show to benefit the city of Port Hueneme on Thursday.
Hosted by Hueneme Beautiful Inc., the Bags to Riches Fashion Fundraiser was held to raise donation money to help fund various city improvements, according to Marilyn Miravete-Smith, the organization’s president.
“We wanted to highlight public servants or volunteer members and what they do for our community,” Miravete-Smith said. “Our main goal is to do large, yearly fundraisers like this so proceeds can continue to benefit projects in our community.”
Hueneme Beautiful Inc. is a nonprofit organization for the beautification and betterment of Port Hueneme. Projects the organization supports include the K-9 Patrol and the Boys & Girls Club.
Five city projects also are being considered for the money raised at the fashion show, including adding a tree to a Park Avenue median and sand to the Moranda Park sand box. Both projects are expected to cost around $500.
“We try to give a little here and a little there,” Miravete-Smith said.Clydia Richardson, 49, the owner of Bags to Riches, at 1942 Ventura Blvd. in Camarillo, provided the outfits for the show. The company is a new and resale designer boutique. The clothing was customized to the model’s body type and style, yet also uniquely put together to take each person a little out of their comfort zone, according to Richardson.
It was important to Richardson to participate in the fashion show because her son, Derek Decker, 23, is deployed as a Navy special warfare combat-craft crewman.
“I have a special kind of respect for people of uniform,” Richardson said. “I am really honored to be part of recognizing these people for what they do to try and make the city more beautiful.”
Richardson dressed 12 models and service members for the show.
Ventura resident Norma Thompson, 76, attended the event with a close friend to celebrate her upcoming birthday in May.
“I think it is really going to work,” Thompson said. “To learn about the people in uniform and see where the money is going, it is wonderful how they work to benefit the community.”
The fashion show, held at the Heritage Square Hall and Church, began with a crowd of more than 100 applauding the public servants, including Ventura County Fire Department public information officer Steve Swindle.”I think all of us do this because of our passion for the community so it is hard sometimes to be put in the spotlight,” Swindle said. “But they are part of our community, which we serve. It is great we get to interact with them.”After a few items were raffled off, the fashion began at noon. Paired with models, the public servants walked down the church aisle.After the fashion show, guests had lunch next door at La Dolce Vita Restaurant.Hueneme Beautiful plans to hold a similar fundraiser June 7 highlighting the K-9 Patrol.