The Hippo


May 25, 2020








NHPR’s Virginia Prescott strikes a pose at last year’s fashion show. Photo credit Matthew Lomanno.

11th Annual CASA Spring Fashion Show and Auction

Where: Castleton Banquet and Conference Center, 92 Indian Rock Road, Windham
When:  Friday, April 10, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $65 per seat
Call:  626-4600

A signature event
CASA hosts annual fashion show and auction

By Angie Sykeny

Bring your passion for fashion to the 11th Annual Spring Fashion Show and Auction, held at the Castleton Banquet and Conference Center in Windham on Friday, April 10.

More than 400 guests are expected at the event, which is put on by Court Appointed Special Advocates of New Hampshire.
“This is our single largest fundraiser of the year, and what we consider CASA’s signature event,” said Kathleen McArdle, CASA director of operations and chairperson of the fashion show committee. “It has grown enormously in 11 years. Last year we raised $88,000, and this year we would like to raise $100,000.”
McArdle said tickets always sell out.
Guests will register at 11 a.m. and be given a program, designed to look like a fashion magazine, that includes sponsors, short biographies of all the models and information on how to get involved with CASA. At noon, the guest speakers will give their remarks. Speakers include Gov. Maggie Hassan, Sen. Kelly Ayotte and honorary chairwoman Susan Lynch. Also speaking will be Sandy Cleary, president of CruCon Cruise Outlet, the event’s primary sponsor.
Lunch will include a chilled mango gazpacho soup to start, followed by an entree of grilled chicken over mixed greens with mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, glazed pecans, pineapple, gorgonzola cheese, and a strawberry balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Dessert will be chocolate mousse with a raspberry drizzle. Guests will also enjoy CruCon’s complimentary signature cocktail called Tropical Sunrise, which is a rum punch.
At 1, the auctions will begin. Some items up for bid include a trip to Las Vegas, a trip to New York City, dinner for 12 with the Manchester Firefighters, hand-designed jewelry and fashion accessories, dining gift certificates and original artwork. There will also be numerous raffle prizes, including Red Sox tickets.
One notable piece that will be at the auction is an art print titled “For the Child.” This artwork, created by seacoast artist Richard Haynes, will contain autographs of four prominent New Hampshirites: inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen, author Jodi Picoult, filmmaker Ken Burns, and former U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall.
The fashion show will begin at 1:15 p.m., with both male and female models showing off the latest spring trends from the casual to the special occasion. The clothing featured is from Benton Shoe Company of Manchester, Bravo Boutique of Concord and Macy’s at the Mall of New Hampshire, and will be for sale at those outlets.
The models are well-known New Hampshire men and women, including WMUR anchor Amy Coveno, Manchester’s first lady Cassandra Gatsas, the Hippo’s “Friendliest Dentist” Dr. Elizabeth Spindel, WMUR anchor Jamie Staton, and NHPR host Virginia Prescott, to name a few.
“I think what makes this event unique is the models ...,” said Joann Neumann, CASA development director. “These people are obviously not professional models, but that’s what we like. It makes it fun and real, and guests get a kick out of that.”
CASA of NH is a statewide nonprofit that  advocates for abused and neglected children in the New Hampshire court system. Money raised from this event will support the recruitment and training of the volunteers who do this work. As of now, CASA has over 500 volunteers.
“This event goes far beyond the fun and excitement of the fashion show and auction, or the energy created in a room full of guests and friends of CASA, or the affirming words of the distinguished guest speakers,” said McArdle, “When all is said and done, the real excitement is the money raised to continue to support CASA’s goal of serving 100 percent of the children in need of a voice.”
As seen in the April 2, 2015 issue of the Hippo.

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