A cutting-edge designer and a contestant from America’s Next Top Model helped the fourth annual Easter Fashion Extravaganza soar March 24 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.
The style show featured the colorful and varied designs of Pine Bluff native Bridgette Nwakaego Odigwe. Proceeds from the fundraiser support the Jefferson County Single Parent Scholarship Fund.
Guests were told to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride as they were treated to a fashion show titled “Flight in Fashion.” Models ripped the runway in casual, safari and evening wear. Pine Bluff’s first lady Trudy Redus served as lead flight attendant (commentator) for the event. As she welcomed everyone aboard the international flight, jet engine noises filled the room. Jefferson County Judge Mike Holcomb and Raymond Joshua walked out onto the runway dressed as pilots. Young Carl “Trey” Redus III was a model engineer on the flight.
Dee Holcomb, Katrina Tate, Candace Taylor and Peggy Easter made an appearance as stylish flight attendants. Furonda Brasfield, a contestant on cycle six of America’s Next Top Model, turned heads as she modeled several outfits. Brasfield, who calls Stuttgart home, has worked as a fashion model for Beyonce’s House of Dereon line and been featured in ads for Ultra Glow cosmetics, Sears, Voom and more. Coordinated by Alamae Harris, the Pine Bluff fashion show also featured area models of various ages who showed off fashions from area retailers and beyond.
The show highlighted the clothing of Nwakaego Odigwe Inc. — an upscale women’s clothing line based in Dallas and Atlanta. The designer, Bridgette Odigwe, received a proclamation from the county judge which recognized her professional and academic achievements. Her collection, for women sizes 2-24, features a variety of fabrics, detail prints and multiple variations of color.
The style show included a luncheon, silent auction, vendors and door prizes. Guests also took pictures with the Easter Bunny. The event culminated with the awarding of the spring 2012 scholarships. The recipients are: Tanya Alexander, Precious Anderson, Angela Artis, Felicia Boyd, Zenobia Brown, Tiffany Chavies, Barbara Frazier, Carolyn Iverson, Stacy Knott, Katrina Lewis, Danyelle Moore, Contessia Owens, Quinntina Owens, Keeanndase Pace, Kemisha Parker, Scherrie Parker, Patricia Pryor, Miracle Spicer, Holly A. Sutton, Joanna Taylor, Tracie Turner, Temisha Washington and Karla G. Wren. Each student received an award of $500.
Sutton also received a $250 scholarship for having the highest grade point average. The award is named in honor of the late Willie Scott Jr., the father of Beverly Chapple, a field representative for the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund.
Washington also received an additional $250 scholarship named in honor of Donald Hatchett, a longtime JCSPSF board member.
The mission of the Jefferson County Single Parent Scholarship fund is to enable single parents to attain self-sufficiency through post-secondary education. Applicants may visit the Jefferson County page of the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund website at http://www.aspsf.org/county_jefferson.html to download a scholarship application and to review eligibility requirements. For more information about the scholarship fund, to learn about volunteer opportunities or to make a donation, contact Mike Eggleton at 870-575-8100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.