Lights, camera, Koleen Brooks…
BRECKENRIDGE – It’s a sure bet if you have a fashion show featuring the ever-controversial Koleen Brooks, they will come.
More than 100 people turned out Tuesday night at Cecilia’s nightclub in Breckenridge to watch Brooks model new fashions, sign autographs and help raise money for a good cause.
Brooks, a one-time dancer at Shotgun Willy’s strip club in Denver and former mayor of Georgetown (she lost that post in a recent recall election), currently is fighting charges of false reporting and tampering with evidence.
She’s also reputed to bare her in breasts in public at the drop of a … hat.
But Tuesday, the only thing she exposed was her civic proclivities.
“I’m here to show people I’m still around, fighting for our communities in Colorado and making a difference,” Brooks said.
Cecilia’s converted the club’s dance floor into a runway to host a fund-raising fashion show for Colorado forest fire victims.
Joining the top-billed Brooks were other women in eye-appealing apparel, strutting their stuff on the catwalk.
“I don’t want to be thought of as the “star attraction.’ I want to be just another face in the crowd who stands up for what they believe in,” Brooks said. “I believe in this benefit and helping those whose lives have been so dramatically affected by the wildfires.”
Theresa Erkes, a Breckenridge resident and visionary, first imagined the fashion show while trying on clothing at Canary in a Clothes Mine on Main Street in Breckenridge. “I loved the clothes so much I wanted to wear them all home,” Erkes said.
Erkes brainstormed with Jayme Miner, owner of the clothing store, and they collaborated with Jodi Atkins, owner of The Learning Center in Frisco and Holly van der Hoeven, a consultant at Creative Memories in Breckenridge, to put on the event.
The apparel worn by the local models at the show all came from Miner’s store. “I wanted to give something back to the community,” Miner said. “I saw the opportunity to help victims affected by the fires and devastation, and I thought, you bet I’ll help,” Miner stated.
With team efforts by Erkes, Atkins, van der Hoeven and volunteer support by Steve Murray of Breckenridge, they were able to get 49 local businesses to donate items either to be raffled off or to be included in a silent auction.
“I’m very happy with the turnout,” Erkes said. “It was a lot of hard work by all, and the reward of giving back to the fire victims is what this night was all about.”
Some in the crowd, however, were a little disappointed at what they didn’t get to see. “I came here in hopes of catching a glimpse, actually more than a glimpse, of Koleen’s “assets,'” Shawn Flick of Breckenridge said solemnly.
“I knew there would be people in the audience that were hoping for a strip show, but that’s not what this night was about,” Brooks said.
With Jim Williams from Crystal 93 as the announcer, and beautiful models to showcase the fashions, the benefit brought in approximately $2,000, all of which will be given to the American Red Cross.
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