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Grannies bring spring fashions for a good cause

Tanya Foubert, Rocky Mountain Outlook, February 1, 2019. 

CANMORE – The Mountain Grannies are excited to bring their third fashion show to the community of Canmore and just in time for those looking for fresh and fashionable outfits this spring.

The event is a fundraiser for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s efforts to help grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa who are caring for grandchildren orphaned due to the AIDS epidemic.

For Mountain Granny Susan Dorion, it is an event for the community that is both fun and meaningful.

“It is going to definitely be a fun and hopefully energetic evening,” Dorion said.

“We are so pleased that all of the money raised goes directly to this cause and that is due to the huge generosity of people and businesses in Canmore and Banff, who either donate their time or give us a tremendous discount for their services.”

Dorion and event co-chairs Liz Hill and Annemarie Gover have put together an exciting array of local fashions from local businesses like Shoes t’ Boot, Charisma, Blue Moon and Cupid’s Corner in Canmore, as well as Monod Sports in Banff.

Emcee Mike Wickam will host the event, and in between the fashionable showcase from each local business, dancers from Ignite Dance Studio will entertain the audience.

There will also be an opening reception with bites and bubbles, for mingling and connecting before the show. Donated accessories from various businesses will be available for purchase as well, with proceeds going toward the fundraiser.

In addition to hosting three Fashion Flings, the Mountain Grannies have also held an annual chilli-in-a-bowl event and Stride to Turn the Tide walk in the past to raise money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. They have raised $225,000 over the past 11 years to support the foundation’s efforts.

“I think really there is such disparity between our lives and although certainly as Canadians we have all probably known someone who died from AIDS, in Africa it is a completely different situation and a true epidemic that continues,” Dorion said.

“I think we have a lot of faith in Stephen Lewis himself, his integrity and his organization.”

The Mountain Grannies Fashion Fling is at the Canmore Seniors Centre at 8 p.m. on Feb. 1. Tickets are $20 and available at any of the businesses featured in the show.

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