BRAVO! 2020 Voices of Influence
The Guild is announcing BRAVO! Reimagined in 2020 and has partnered with LUXE to produce an entirely new event for you to enjoy. Mark September 20 on your calendar from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Schuster Performing Arts Center. There will be fashion, cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres, food stations and more. More details will be posted soon.
BRAVO! 2019 Champagne Brunch and Fashion Show
The 2019 BRAVO! Champagne Brunch and Fashion Show was held once again at Sinclair Community College’s Ponitz Center beginning at 9:30 a.m. on September 6. This fashion extravaganza had entertainment, fabulous food, raffles/door prizes and much more.
Chic and Unique Expressions produced this year’s runway event. Chic & Unique Expressions (CUE) is a charming pop-up boutique co-owned by fashion lovers Wanda Bronston-Grigsby, and Sharon Spencer-Williams. These two Wright Patterson Air Force Base retirees decided to make a fashion statement by bringing to Dayton, Ohio, stylish fashions that are fun to wear and a pleasure to include in your wardrobe. Their collection chosen from across the country and beyond epitomizes timeless elegance. The unique fashions are for women of all ages and specifically the women who seek fashion forward clothing that allows them to project a sophisticated, vibrant, confident look.
They specialize in unique items, often one-of-a-kind, and carry sizes XS through 3X. You will find an array of styles and fashions in their repertoire. CUE has produced shows and had fashions on the runway in New York City, Kentucky, Dayton, North Carolina and Atlanta to name a few places. Some of the designers featured in the collection are: Last Tango, I C, Tesoro Moda, Samuel Dong, Love the Queen, Designs Today, Halston, Donna Vinci, and many more. The models included young and old, male and female, thin and not so thin to appeal to a wide audience. Beverly Odoms narrated the Show with extraordinary energy and knowledge of the styles and their versatility.
Entertainment at this year’s BRAVO! was Holland Makupson, “The Voice of New York”, playing keyboard and doing vocals during the social hour and brunch. During the Fashion Show the audience was entertained by soprano Alaina Saliba who sings with the Opera Guild’s Children’s Traveling Opera program. To read the rest of Alaina’s impressive biography click here. John Benjamin acted as her collaborative pianist.
Boutique shopping was available from a wide variety of vendors in the Charity Earley Room. Vendors included: Portage Embellished Handbags, Lisa Robin Jewelry, Misty Willow Homespun, Patty’s Pastels, Chic & Unique Expressions, You & Me, etc. LLC, Lula Bell, Oakwood Florist, The Drannan Company, NYB Beaded Jewelry, Langford Gourmet Cookies, Arbonne International, A Queen’s Closet, and the Opera Guild Boutique.
Community model voting this year offered a diverse group of Perfect Pairs. Voting was $5.00 per vote and was done online. Click here or on the Perfect Pair pictures below to read their biographies. Congratulations to the Perfect Pair that gathered the most votes–Tammy Schaff and her daughter Kaia Brittain. The runner-ups were Frances McGee and Jay Carter. Thank you to them and all of the candidates.
The Guild is very grateful to the sponsors for this year: Bob Ross Auto Group, The Dayton Foundation, Heidelberg Distributing Company, Montgomery County Commission, RTA and Sinclair Community College. We couldn’t do it without you.
The cost of the Brunch for Pearl Level Patrons was $60 ($30 is tax deductible) and for Diamond Level Patrons was $80 ($50 is tax deductible).
If you have any questions, please contact Co-chair Nancy Farkas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937/776-0424.