Approximately 240 people made the short journey to Osler Friday, March 18th to attend the first annual Passions Beauty Studio ‘Fashion for Stars’ event, a fundraiser for STARS Air Ambulance. The event, which was held at the Osler Community Hall, featured an incredible runway fashion show, filled with clothing options from various businesses and hair and make-up done by the talented staff at Passions Beauty Studio. 

The first 75 people that arrived at the event had the chance to receive their choice of a full sized Unite, or GO247 Men’s product if they spent $10 or more on 50/50 tickets. From there, those that attended could take some time to enjoy a glass of champagne, or a mimosa as they browed the generously donated silent auction items and snacked on some cheese and crackers. 

It wasn’t long before Passions Beauty Studio owner/operator Chelsey Kara Harder took the stage to welcome and thank everyone for coming to the fundraiser. From there, local resident Della Spearing did a short presentation about her experience with STARS Air Ambulance earlier this year, when her father was transported to the hospital in Regina using STARS. Spearing explained that without STARS, she would not have had time with her father to say good-bye before he passed away. Representatives from STARS Air Ambulance were also on hand, and explained that it takes $20 million a year to fund STARS, and they are responsible for raising $10.5 million of that total themselves, so fundraisers such as this one are appreciated more than words can express. 

Once the fashion show began, the crowd didn’t hold back their excitement as the room erupted in applause as models took to the runway one at a time. Between the male and female models, the entire audience watched in awe at the professionalism as they strutted down the runway, showcasing the clothing, hair and make-up to a tee. 

It was clear that no one was leaving disappointed as they were treated to an entertaining night of fashion, prizes and helping to raise money for such an amazing cause. The idea for the fashion show first came about approximately 6 months ago, when Karissa Moore, Chelsey’s right hand woman/sister, suggested the idea of a fashion show fundraiser and from there everything came together. “We chose STARS as we wanted to give back to everyone in Saskatchewan. We have so many clients that come from all over the province and wanted to do something that could benefit everyone, no matter where you live,” Harder explained. 

Harder announced the total on social media Monday, March 21 and through her message, you could feel the awe-inspiring gratitude to everyone that contributed to the event. “On my drive home after finding out that over $9000 was raised, I became overwhelmed with emotion and broke down into tears. Slightly embarrassed I would see someone I knew, I pulled over and started to write this. No words I write will describe how truly grateful I am to be a part of such an amazing event. I would first like to say I am very honoured to work next to some of the most extraordinary people “The Passions Team”, this group of people put their hearts and souls into this event,” Harder expressed. Harder also continued on to thank a generous group of Scotiabank ladies, who volunteered at the event and donated a large donation to the cause. 

Due to the large success of the event, another fashion fundraiser is already in works for next year. Visit ‘Passions Beauty Studio’ on Facebook, visit www.passionsbeautystudio.com, or contact them at (306) 382-9707 to find out how you can get involved. 

Written By : Martensville Messanger

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