Youth and adult models took to the runway Saturday to show off a “Mardi Gras of Fashion” during the fifth annual Easter Fashion Parade Extravaganza and Silent Auction held at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.
Sponsored by the Jefferson County Single Parent Scholarship Board, the fashion showcase began with an introduction of the Easter Bunny, followed by a parade of young children dressed in their finest spring attire.
Models dressed in a mask of colors, gave the audience a glimpse of the latest fashions in dresses, tops, bottoms, outerwear and accessories.
“The Jefferson County forecast for spring is bold bright colors with a mixture of accessories: hats — heads up ladies, eye wear — the eyes have it and scarves — knot it up and tie it up from head to toe,” said Alamae Harris, event chairman. “And it looks like a 100 percent chance of jewelry — accessories, accessories, accessories.”
Area retailers provided men’s, women’s and children’s clothing for the showcase. Trudy Redus served as fashion parade commentator.
The event also included a luncheon, silent auction, vendors and door prizes. Guests also were given the opportunity to have their photos taken with the Easter Bunny.
Proceeds from the event will go to support the Jefferson County Single Parent Scholarship Fund. The fund’s mission is to enable single parents to attain self-sufficiency through post-secondary education.
The Jefferson County Single Parent Scholarship Fund began in 1991 as an affiliate of the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund. The state organization, based in Northwest Arkansas, worked to recruit volunteers from counties throughout Arkansas to establish independent Single Parent Scholarship organizations in each county.
Since its inception, the JCSPSF has sponsored local fundraising events and received more than $71,666 in matching funds. Those dollars have allowed the organization to award more than 354 scholarships valued at more than $118,408. These awards have supported more than 75 single-parent households, thereby, raising the educational status of the population in Jefferson County.
Recipients of the scholarships are enrolled at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Jefferson Regional Medical Center School of Nursing, University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Southeast Arkansas College. With the help of JCSPSF and continued support, the hopes and dreams of higher education are possible for single parents in Jefferson County.
Members of the 2013 Jefferson County Single Parent Scholarship Board are Beverly Chapples, regional director; Jeannie H. Epperson, chair; Alamae Harris, vice chair; Marilyn Bailey, secretary; Mike Eggleton, treasurer; Dorothy Singleton, historian; Bobbie Handcock, director of publicity; Cynthia Garner, Efrem Elliott, Louise Hickman, James Horton, Ruby Shelton-Young, Earnice D. Young, Felecia Cooper, Karen Lee and Lozanne Calhoun.