The Ritz Carlton Hotel in McLean, VA was abuzz last Friday afternoon with do-gooders and fashion lovers alike, as The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary of Washington, DC welcomed hundreds of area supporters to its 64th Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon.
Described as “Washington’s compassionate fashion event,” proceeds from the show are supporting the construction of a new learning center at The Salvation Army’s Turning Point Center, a DC-based transitional housing program for single mothers.
Turning Point is designed to steer single mothers to independence, offering case management, counseling services, and intensive classes on budgeting, parenting, job training and housekeeping. In a testament to the need for—and success of—the program, more than three times as many mothers apply as the 26 units at Turning Point can hold. Those who graduate credit the life-skills training above all with preparing them for independent living.
“Thanks to the those sponsors and attendees from the local community, 26 young moms are getting the much needed help they deserve as they work to break the chronic cycle of homelessness and joblessness,” said Major Jacqulyn Reckline, Associate Area Commander of The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command. “The new learning center in place at Turning Point will go a long way to help them on their journey to turn their lives right side up. We are continuing to celebrate God’s blessings upon us.”
Models presented the latest fall and winter couture from exclusive designer, L.K. Bennett of London, noted designer of the coveted nude heels made famous by Kate Middleton. Check out the photos below.