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Alegria Fashion Show In New Orleans To Support Louisiana SPCA


LA/SPCA Campus in New Orleans (Photo Credit: LA/SPCA)

On Saturday, August 17, the Louisiana SPCA will present its fifth annual Alegria Fashion Show at Generations Hall in New Orleans. Showcasing local design talent, celebrity models, and esteemed hosts, the event will not only be a “to be talked about” catwalk presentation, but also an opportunity to support an important non-profit cause. In addition to the formal show, attendees can also participate in the on-site auction while enjoying both cocktails and culinary treats.

A venue for fresh, forward-thinking design, up-and-coming creative minds Alex Engelhardt, Ashley Gunkel, Gerald Keno Watson, Michelle O’Reagan, and Romey Roe will compete for the 2013 Alegria Crown. In addition, the new couture lines of event co-founder John Delgadillo and 2012 winner Emily Riche will be on, much-awaited, show.

Leading the ceremony will be local media personalities, Melanie Hebert of WWL and Jay Galle of WDSU, who will keep the energy and fun on high. Among others, models will include Aaron Williamson (Mr. New Orleans and Marine Corps veteran), Reagan Charleston, and Chriss Knight (a Miss A featured entrepreneur), with the top three celebrity fundraising models escorted by their pets down the runway.

emily riche design at alegria fashion show

Emily Riche Design at the 2012 Alegria Fashion Show (Photo Credit: Susan Langenhennig, NOLA.com / The Times-Picayune)

The auction will feature items from NOLA Bikinis, Goorin Bros., NOLA Couture, and Galatoire’s, as well as a $1,000 custom gown from Cutting Edge Diva. Likewise, specialty cocktails will be made available by the generous donations of Pinnacle Vodka, Sauza Tequila, Maker’s Mark Bourbon, and Cruzan Rum.

“Our expansion will increase access to veterinary services to the general public which ultimately leads to a healthier pet population. We currently have one Wellness visitation room and one surgical bay located in our modular building and Phase II will have five visitation rooms and two surgical bays,” said Loretta Lambert, Louisiana SPCA Community Clinic Director. “We need donations such as those from Alegria to continue to offer affordable spay/neuter and wellness care to our community.”

The Louisiana SPCA is dedicated “to improving the quality of life for all of the animals we encounter daily through shelter, love, and compassion.” Each year, the organization provides care to over 7,000 homeless and unwanted animals, spay/neuter and wellness services to over 14,000 owned animals and, in 2012, facilitated over 2,700 adoptions and reunited 556 lost pets with their owners. Furthermore, the non-profit offers educational opportunities to the community, in regard to animal care during both every day and emergency situations.

WHEN: Saturday, August 17, 2013, 2 – 5 p.m.

Generations Hall
310 Andrew Higgins Drive
New Orleans, LA 70130
Ph. 504-581-4367

TICKETS: General Admission: $25
To see and purchase all ticket packages, please click here.

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