Gala, fashion show to draw funds for church

FULTON — Those who want to take a peek at the clothing their ancestors wore will soon have the opportunity.

The Mid-Missouri Friends of the National Churchill Museum will put on a fashion show where clothing from 1890 to 1970 will be modeled. The show is a part of “A Gala Evening, A Step Back in Time,” an event to raise money for the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury. Doors will open for the gala at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8, at Backer Hall on the Westminster College campus. Tickets are $50 and include the show, appetizers, dinner and dessert.

The museum foundation set a $50,000 fundraising goal to pay for restoration of the church’s tuck pointing. Jody Paschal, president of the organization, said the tuck pointing keeps water from seeping into the walls, and it is in need of repair. He said its one thing to refurbish pews and other items inside the church, but “if the walls themselves are not stable, all of that is for nothing.”

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Kate Smart Harrison and Zachary Harrison will be modeling period clothing during the fashion show that’s a part of A Gala Evening, A Step Back in Time event Saturday, Oct. 8, at the National Churchill Museum.

“It’s important that we help maintain the Churchill Memorial, and (the gala) is a way people can help us reach our goal of $50,000,” Paschal said.

Appetizers will be served from 5:30-6:30 p.m.; dinner — including a meat carving station, Asian station, and salad and fruit station — will be served at 6:45 p.m. Complementary wine will be served with dinner and a cash bar will be available. A live auction will begin at 7:45 p.m. and includes items donated by businesses and members in the community. The fashion show will follow the auction.

Carolyn Miller, owner of Nostalgia Vintage Apparel in Sedalia, is heading up the men’s and women’s fashion show. She plans to present how fashion is a reflection of people’s lives. Miller is a fashion historian and clothing archivist. Models include Rob Havers, Karen Mertens, Kate Smart Harrison and Zachary Harrison.

Danene Beedle, museum foundation board member, said this is the first time the organization has held such an event.

“It’s important because the money will specifically go to help with church restoration,” Beedle said.

Reservations for the event can be made online at www.nationalchurchillmuseum.org or by calling 573-592-5022.

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