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Lesley Haenny is the Seattle Editor for Miss A. She is an Air Force wife now living in the Seattle area. Prior to living in Seattle, Lesley spent 7 years in Washington, DC, working as a Congressional liaison. She grew up in a small, mountain town in Southern California, sandwiched between an older sister and a younger brother. Her two hard working parents taught her to always go for the clearance rack, bring your lunch everyday, work hard for what you have, and always take the opportunity to travel and play outside. Lesley has been actively involved in various charities such as the Animal Resource Foundation, Komen For the Cure, Prevent Cancer Foundation, American Diabetes Association and the Race for Hope (benefitting the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure).

Recap: Vintage Fashion Show And Bazaar In Seattle To Benefit NW Children’s Fund

Imagine stepping onto the set of AMC’s hit show, Mad Men. You find yourself in the wardrobe area, admiring the beautiful pieces of clothing in front of you. Your mind is taken back to the time when the styles of Jackie Kennedy, Brigitte Bardot, and Audrey Hepburn ruled the fashion world. This is how I felt when I stepped into the Tam o’Shanter Golf and Country Club on a rainy afternoon in Bellevue.

Vintage Fashion Pieces (Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

Vintage Fashion Pieces (Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

Michelle Raymond began collecting vintage furs over 25 years ago. As a board member for the NW Children’s Fund (NWCF), she wanted to plan a benefit to raise money for the fund. So, she began purchasing vintage materials from Etsy and Ebay. After telling the sellers that the proceeds benefited NWCF, she offered a certain amount of money for the pieces. Not once was she turned down. Thus, The Vintage Fashion Show and Bazaar was born.

NWCF Board Member and creative mind behind the show, Michelle Raymond. (Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

NWCF Board Member and creative mind behind the show, Michelle Raymond. (Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

To help Michelle and the NWCF, Osiris Navarro, owner of Gidgette Bardot, a women’s vintage shop, brought pieces from her collections to sell. Osiris has been collecting vintage pieces since high school. Four months ago, she left her job and now sells her collection on Etsy.

Osiris Navarro of Gidgette Bardot (Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

Osiris Navarro of Gidgette Bardot (Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

As the event grew, Jennifer Madden of Mad For Lashes, donated lash extensions and other pamper-yourself-goodies.

The NWCF is one of the leading voices in child welfare, aligning resources, organizations, and passionate individuals committed to ending child abuse and neglect. NWCF receives 100% of the support, and it goes directly to agencies working to break the cycle of abuse and neglect. Events like the Fashion Show and Bazaar are incredibly important to the mission of the NWCF.

NWCF President, Valerie Robinson, opened the afternoon with the introduction of Michelle and her collection and presented her with a gorgeous orchid from Molbak’s to thank her for organizing this amazing fundraiser. Nicole Chang, another board member, spoke to the crowd about the incredibly important mission of the NWCF. The board consists of 28 members and 100% of the contributions they receive go towards grants. There is tremendous due diligence with the grant process. Over 25 years, the NWCF has given $12 million to 300 agencies such as $5,000 to the Seattle Children’s Home, $14,000 to the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network and $30,000 to the SafeFutures Youth Center (just to name a few!).

NWCF Board Members talk about the importance of the NWCF mission. (Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

NWCF Board Members talk about the importance of the NWCF mission. (Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

Jane Davis, a board member for the past four years, said that on any given night in King County, 700-1000 youth have nowhere to sleep. One in three runaways are lured into prostitution within 48 hours of running away. These statistics are both staggering and heart breaking. However, there are ways that we can all help.

1. Host or sponsor a fundraiser for the NWCF.
2. Host your own party and allow the NWCF to come speak. The NWCF calls these friendraisers, as they have no dollars for marketing, since all money goes towards grants.
3. Sponsor the NWCF is some way through in-kind donations or direct donations.
4. Support the NWCF Gala on April 27 by providing items for auction or sponsor a table.
5. Become a board member

After an amazing lunch was served to all in attendance, the vintage fashion show began, with pieces from Osiris’s and Michelle’s collections. Michelle hosted the show, which included models who were friends of the NWCF. Cocktail dresses, day dresses, prom dresses, fur jackets, silk blends, and cotton blends from decades past were presented to us on the runway. Many of Michelle’s pieces had belonged to her mother (and it was quite evident, her mother had an exquisite taste in timeless fashion – and that vintage gene had obviously been passed down to Michelle and to Michelle’s daughter).

(Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

(Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

(Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

(Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

(Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

(Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

(Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

(Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

Miss A Seattle City Editor, Lesley Haenny with from L to R: Edwina Brown, winner of the Miss A free ticket contest, Stephanie Robinett of the NWCF, and friend, Marissa Spaid. (Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

Miss A Seattle City Editor, Lesley Haenny with from L to R: Edwina Brown, winner of the Miss A free ticket contest, Stephanie Robinett of the NWCF, and friend, Marissa Spaid. (Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

A special thank you to NWCF board member, Stephanie Robinett, for bringing this amazing event to my attention!

You can find more information on the NWCF here.

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