Easterseals in-person fashion event once again

The atrium of the modern, art-accented architectural marvel that is Bank OZK’s headquarters west of Little Rock was the backdrop for the Easterseals Arkansas fashion event, one of many events of 2022 that have returned to person status. The event co-chairs were Jessica Schuck and Ashley Merriman.

Guests mingled, enjoying cocktails and hearty hors d’oeuvres before the evening’s program. Prior to the fashion show, there was a raffle, a special appeal for donations via an auction palette and a live auction of an Alwand Vahan bracelet from Jones & Son Fine Jewelry; a closet full of clothes donated by event store sponsors; a beach getaway in a villa, courtesy of Pam and Dr. Frank McGehee; and a Dallas Cowboys home game for two, courtesy of Patrick Schuck.

As always, the show, featuring apparel and accessories from area retailers, drew cheers worthy of a championship sports game. Community models alternated track time with Easterseals customers. The cheers for the latter — especially those who have graced the runways of this event for years, like Haven, Taylor, Shawn, Michael Joe, Jennifer, Nebby, Al, Zack and others — were the loudest. (A number of these model clients were toddlers, or not much older, when the Fashion Event tradition began and had grown up before their admirers’ eyes.)

“Profits help children and adults with disabilities reach their full potential and enable them to live, learn, work and play in their communities,” according to the Easterseals website.

— Story and photos by Helaine R. Williams

Joseph K. Bennett