Hot stuff on show for hospice
A capacity crowd watched the annual Hibiscus Hospice fashion parade at the Whangaparaoa College auditorium.
They enjoyed a show the likes of which had not been seen here before.
Opening with a "how to dress for your body type" segment from Annah Stretton, the show went on to include the latest fashion from Annah's new series, followed by the summer collection from Hibiscus Coast design house Scintilla.
Whangaparaoa College students entertained with a funky dance routine.
Manly volunteer firefighter Mike Williamson launched the Orewa Menswear section with a "revealing" dance performance of his own. He received some fetching accolades thrown on to the stage for his trouble.
After all that excitement, catwalk action resumed with showings from internationally acclaimed designers David Pond and Joseph Ribkoff, provided by Cobblestone Fashions, and fashion houses North Beach and Josie Smith.
Media personality Trudi Nelson compered, accompanied by comedian Tevita Manukia.
"I loved the whole atmosphere and being involved. I have had some great feedback from guests, both young and old."
Trudi is impressed with the organising team from the Hibiscus Hospice Women's Committee.
"This group of volunteer fundraisers did a fabulous job of putting a thoroughly enjoyable show together," she says.
About $19,000 was raised, all of which goes directly to Hibiscus Hospice to fund the annual cost of providing specialist lymphoedema massage therapy for hospice patients.
"I can't thank everyone enough for making the evening such an outstanding success," event manager Robyn Cobb says.
"My team from Hibiscus Hospice Women's Committee and especially Nikki Davidson, the participating fashion designers and stores, all the local businesses and individuals who so generously donated their time, services or goods - and my special thanks go to everyone who attended."