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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: Strut To End Alz Fashion Show And Auction 2015 In Seattle

Hotel Monaco Seattle recently hosted the Strut to End Alz Fashion Show and Auction in the Paris Ballroom.

Rebekah Louie, Mikaela Louie, Lesley Haenny, Michelle Rylands and Stacey Mertes (Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

Marian Humphreys, Rebekah Louie, Mikaela Louie, Lesley Haenny, Michelle Rylands and Stacey Mertes (Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

Part of the proceeds from the show and auction went to the local Alzheimer’s Association chapter. The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. As the largest non-profit funder of Alzheimer’s research, the Association is committed to accelerating progress of new treatments, prevention and ultimately, a cure. Through their partnerships and funded projects, they have been part of every major research advancement over the past 30 years.

The Sigma Kappa Foundation also partnered with the show and matched the money donated to the Alzheimer’s Association from the event dollar for dollar. For more than 50 years, the Sigma Kappa Foundation has supported Sigma Kappa Sorority. The Sigma Kappa Foundation exists to be the fundraising entity for Sigma Kappa, to support Sorority programming permissible by law, to provide and continue to expand scholarships, grants and member support funds, and to provide philanthropic service through collegiate and alumnae chapters.

I was given the unique opportunity to speak to the audience about Blondes vs Brunettes Seattle and how they can get involved for the 2015 season.  Blondes vs. Brunettes, played in over 40 cities across the country,  is a volunteer-driven active event for women that that brings the passion and spirit of young community leaders together to support the Alzheimer’s Association. The event concept is organized around a flag football game in which the two participating teams are divided based on the age-old rivalry between blondes and brunettes. Seattle’s inaugural game was played in September 2014 and over $6,000 was raised for the Alzheimer’s Association. We are looking for players, coaches and sponsors for the 2015 game, date to be determined.

Russ Garwood hosted the evening showcasing local designers, Karen Ashley Fashion, Couture Papillon and JULEANO. Seattle Fashion Week CEO, Christopher Chapman, spoke about the March 4-8 event at the Seattle Exhibition Hall, which will include designer Michelle Lesniak, Project Runway Season 11 winner. Event organizer, Monica Razniewski, thanked the audience for attending and announced the silent auction winners.

Karen Ashley Fashion

(Photo Credit: Michelle Rylands)

(Photo Credit: Michelle Rylands)

(Photo Credit: Michelle Rylands)

(Photo Credit: Michelle Rylands)

(Photo Credit: Michelle Rylands)

(Photo Credit: Michelle Rylands)

(Photo Credit: Michelle Rylands)

(Photo Credit: Michelle Rylands)

Couture Papillon

(Photo Credit: Michelle Rylands)

(Photo Credit: Michelle Rylands)

(Photo Credit: Michelle Rylands)

(Photo Credit: Michelle Rylands)

(Photo Credit: Michelle Rylands)

(Photo Credit: Michelle Rylands)

(Photo Credit: Michelle Rylands)

(Photo Credit: Michelle Rylands)

(Photo Credit: Michelle Rylands)

(Photo Credit: Michelle Rylands)

JULEANO

(Photo Credit: Michelle Rylands)

(Photo Credit: Michelle Rylands)

(Photo Credit: Michelle Rylands)

(Photo Credit: Michelle Rylands)

(Photo Credit: Michelle Rylands)

(Photo Credit: Michelle Rylands)

(Photo Credit: Michelle Rylands)

(Photo Credit: Michelle Rylands)

(Photo Credit: Michelle Rylands)

(Photo Credit: Michelle Rylands)

 

 

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