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Fashion and Summit mix

KIMBERLY NICOLETTI/summit daily news
Special to the DailyKouri Wolf will model again in this years Summerwear in the Summit fashion show Friday at the Silverthorne Pavilion.
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SILVERTHORNE – In a county where most residents wear fleeces and jeans at least nine months out of the year, fashion doesn’t always associate itself with folks in Summit County.But that may be changing – especially if the Women’s Council of Realtors can help it.The Women’s Council of Realtors presents Summerwear in the Summit, a fashion show and dinner at 6 p.m. Friday at the Silverthorne Pavilion.

The event features casual, businesswear and evening fashion. Jennifer Zeppelin from Channel 4 News emcees the show. “I think fashion is becoming something you do think about in Summit County,” said Gail McDonald, chairperson of the event. “People are dressing up for work, and with our warmer summers, we’re dressing up nicer in the summer with sundresses.”While some of the models – all local real estate agents, mortgage lenders or members of the community – say it’s a little nerve-wrecking to walk down the runway, they have a great time once they get out there, said Paula Ramiey, model coordinator.

“It’s kind of fun,” said Karen Wray, one of the models. “I was able to try on everything in the stores, regardless of the price. I tried on about 40 outfits to get seven.”McDonald began the annual show three years ago when she sat on the board for Habitat for Humanity. The board was too small to produce a large fundraiser, so the Women’s Council planned it. The idea for a fashion show came from women’s councils throughout the state that have coordinated successful shows.The first two shows benefited Habitat for Humanity, but since the nonprofit is not building this year, Friday’s show will benefit the Summit Housing Authority’s down payment assistance program. The program donates $3,000 to $6,000 to first-time homebuyers who qualify.

Last year, the event grossed about $10,000, and the first year it grossed $12,000, McDonald said. It draws about 120 to 150 people.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or by e-mail at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.


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