New York Fashion Week meets Newtown at May garden party benefit for the Bucks County Association for the Blind

Monday, March 5, 2012

By Jeff Werner

NEWTOWN – The gardens at the Brick Hotel will spring forth with activity on May 20 during a “Great Gatsby Garden Party and Fashion Show” benefiting the Bucks County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

The “star-studded” event will pair the Brick’s famous food and historic Newtown surroundings with the talents of nationally renowned fashion expert and philanthropist Jennifer Ramsay.

“This is New York Fashion Week meets Newtown,” said event organizer Sheena Bediako, in describing the event. “It’s going to be fabulous.

“And we are so fortunate to have the talents of Jennifer Ramsay,” said Bediako. “Many people have never seen a professional runway show. For us to have her coming to Newtown is extra special, considering she has dressed celebrities such as Pink and Cameron Diaz.”

Ramsay, referred to as a “fashion setter” by Philadelphia Magazine, is featured in the February issue discussing fashion trends in Philadelphia and New York City.

“To have her lend her time for a cause that she is deeply passionate about and just to give us the best of the best is just amazing,” said Bediako.

The afternoon begins at 2:30 p.m. with an outdoor party in the lush gardens of the hotel. Following the party, events will move inside for the runway fashion show and sweets.

“The afternoon is going to have the nostalgic feel of a traditional garden party, taken right from the pages of the Great Gatsby,” promises Bediako. “Although the clothing won’t be from that period, this will be a chance to mingle with friends for a good cause amidst the beauty of Newtown Borough, which in and of itself, is a special gift to be able to do.”

The fashion show will feature the latest in high-end formal women’s wear as well as more casual wear from designers such as Miu Miu, Halston, Tory Burch, Talbots and more, with men’s fashions by Frank DeRito Fine Men’s Clothier of Newtown and a special division featuring fashions for children.

Some of the fashions will come from the association’s own thrift shop in Newtown, where Bediako said shoppers can find “beautiful high-end treasures” from the collections of Halston, Burch and Talbots, among others. “And we’re going to show you how you can reinvent them and recycle them,” she said.

Also contributing to the show will be Revolutionary Design and Lor Cosmetics of Richboro, Teatulia Tea Products, Lovi Visual Arts, Hollywood Nails of Newtown and many other sponsors.

Clothing will be modeled by professionals and prominent local business owners and citizens.

A White Elephant Sale also is planned, offering gift items donated by local businesses and family estates, ranging from golf outings at exclusive clubs to vintage and estate jewelry.

Funds raised will be used to purchase an additional visual screening device for use in pre-schools throughout Bucks County.

“It’s priceless in the fact that it will travel throughout Bucks County, offering free vision screenings to preschoolers between the ages of three and four, which is a pivotal time of catching a potential vision problem,” said Bediako.

“Preschool screenings are so important,” she continued. “They set the tone as far as the learning capacities of children and what support and accommodations they might need.”

Bediako said there may not be a cure for the disease that’s causing their visual problems, but she said with the early screening there may be ways to equip families with the tools they need to address the problems.

“Perhaps these screenings can help a child by letting their school and their families know that there are some challenges and catch that before they are in school and they just think the child is not participating in class,” said Bediako.

Located in Newtown, the association has been providing support for residents and their families with blindness and other visual impairments in the Bucks County area for more than 60 years. Its goal is to provide the necessary skills and resources to its clients so that they can be ready to meet the challenges of everyday life.

BCABVI is a private, non-profit agency which depends on the generosity of others to meet its financial burdens and help fund its programs.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Sheena A. Bediako, Esquire, event chair, at 215-550-6044 or e-mail bediakolaw@gmail.com.

To purchase tickets for the garden party and fashion show, visit http://www.bucksblind.org. Tickets are $55. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and sweets will be served at the event.


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