Feature Story                                                                                              Saturday, October 25, 2014


Stepping on Polio

Rotary Fashion Show helps eradicate childhood disease

Story and photos by Brunella Battista, dB digital TV


2014 City Hall election candidate Sam Waddington struts it on the catwalk at Tzeachten Community Centre Thursday.


ho would have guessed that Chilliwack could be the hub of contemporary fashion? Coming from Italy, I thought Milan was where fashion stopped. But I was wrong: on Thursday, October 23rd, The Rotary held their annual Fashion Show at the Tzeachten Community Centre and the runway fever hit our own community.


The Runway for Rotary event, created to support Polio eradication around the globe, saw the best dressed Chilliwack ladies attending a stellar fashion show where the models had REAL sizes and real bodies. That in itself was worth the modest price of the ticket, just in case charity and prevention hadn’t been enough.

The highly entertaining event, presented by All Things Being Eco and Gente Bella, featured the latest fashion trends. Highlights were the many leggings and tights all in sustainable materials sported by the clients and friends of All Things Being Eco, cowl neck tunics, and a plethora of bags made of or recycled rice paper.

Lolly’s Fashion Lounge and Bella Clothing Boutique were ready for winter with fantastic sweaters and dresses, including the versatile dress wore by host Kathy Funk (Rotary club of Chilliwack/ Fraser). The dress could be worn covering the shoulders, or crossed around the neck, or with simple elegant straps as well as with an artful knot on the décolleté.

I hear these dresses are great for hot flashes…

The elegantly unique clothes from Jenny’s and Suzanne’s stores appealed to all ages and didn’t compromise on comfort.

Wine was plentiful as were the appetizers served by the great Interact crew.

The event saw more than double the number of attendees from the previous year, and although it still calls for some improvement (namely the lighting for the runaway), it was refreshing and fun, with great giveaways from all the sponsors.

The ladies in the audience were also delighted by the surprise men’s fashion finale that included Sam Waddington as one of the models.

If you missed this show, watch for the video by dB digital TV at participating stores, and make sure you get your ticket early for next year’s Runway for Rotary: it will no doubt sell out!



• Photos by Brunella Battista

• Fashion flash (clothes and bag by All things being Eco)

• Versatile dress by Bella Clothing Boutique



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