Fashion Show fundraiser


It was a day of fun, fashion and good food for supporters of Tyler Holmes Memorial Hospital.

The Tyler Holmes Memorial Hospital Auxiliary held a special luncheon last weekend at the historic Tanglewood home in Carrollton – the former home of Dr. Millard Costilow. A portion of the proceeds from the luncheon fundraiser will go to the Dr. Millard Costilow Scholarship Fund, and organizers thought it a “special honor to raise money for the scholarship at Dr. Costilow’s former home.”

Following a lovely meal, guests were treated to a fashion show and took part in a silent auction.

Models showed off the latest styles from Special Treasures, Garden By The Pond, Hammond’s Pharmacy and Jamie Lynn’s.

“Our goal–not only for this fashion show but in the shop–is to help each customer look good, feel comfortable, and enjoy their selections,” said Cheryl Bailey of Special Treasures in Winona. “We are all winners when that happens.”

Bailey said they pulled together an assortment of outfits that can be worn for work, dress or play. Special Treasures models had jewelry, shoes and other accessories to enhance their overall look.

“Our selections will go from jeans to a dress, from leisure wear to a linen jacket,” Bailey said “We had leather handbags, Toms sunglasses, and jewelry that brought the total look together. Shoes selections moved from flip flops to gold wedges, representing six different shoe vendors.”

Garden By The Pond said their models featured the latest trends in summer clothing from the store. Models selected their own outfits.

And in addition to the fashion show, those attending had the opportunity to participate in a silent auction with items donated from local businesses. The Hospital Auxiliary also sold raffle tickets for a Mississippi State football signed by Coach Dan Mullin.

Carolyn Swanson of the THMH Auxiliary said proceeds help supplement the Dr. Millard Costilow Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is open to people living in Carroll and Montgomery Counties who are studying in a healthcare field. Applications are available at the hospital and are due by June 15 of every year.

Additional proceeds goes to fund some of the other projects of the Auxiliary, including purchasing toiletry items for patients, toys for juvenile patients, clothing for emergency room patients whose clothes have to be cut off, some medicines for indigent patients, games and books for patients and Christmas bags for patients. Swanson said the Auxiliary also recently purchased desk chairs for the nursing station, air conditioning for the nurses’ break room, pediatric chairs for therapy patients, and commode chairs.

Swanson said the THMH Auxiliary has been in existence for about 50 years.

“It has always been a service organization dedicated to helping our local hospital,” Swanson said. “I have only been involved in the group for the about three years, and became the director in February 2016. My hope is that we can encourage more people to get involved to promote Tyler Holmes Hospital as a vital resource in our area. We have a wonderful hospital with a dedicated hard-working staff. With rising monetary demands on our small rural hospital, we feel privileged to do what we can to help.”

For more information about THMH Auxiliary, contact Swanson at (662) 230-0697.

 

Some of the fashion:

This story and some of the photos were featured in the June 15, 2017 edition of The Winona Times.

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