Annual fashion show raises money for Community Care Clinic of Rowan County
SALISBURY — More than 250 people attended The Rowan County Medical Society Alliance 15th annual “Fashions for a Cause” fashion show and luncheon last Wednesday at Catawba College’s Crystal Lounge.
The theme this year was “Suddenly Spring.”
The show is a fund raising project of the local alliance to benefit the programs of the Community Care Clinic of Rowan County.
The clinic provides health care to uninsured and under served patients without other medical care options available to them. Services include day and night clinics, basic health care for adults, chronic disease management, medication assistance, vision and dental care.
Throughout the past 15 years, the alliance has donated more than $150,000 to the clinic from proceeds raised the fashion show ticket sales, raffle sales and sponsorships. These monies have had a direct impact on the ability of the clinic to continue to provide health care to those in need.
The Rev. Rhodes Woolly, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, gave the invocation.
WBTV’s David Whisenant served as Master of Ceremonies, providing entertaining commentary.
Genevra Kelly provided piano music for the show.
Dari Caldwell, president of Rowan Medical Center, detailed the important relationship between the hospital and the clinic, pointing out how the clinic serves as an invaluable community health care resource.
Caldwell explained that the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, requires the hospital assure that patients have follow up care and medications after discharge, and that readmissions within 30 days are avoided.
For many patients, follow up care through the Community Care Clinic is the best or only option.
By providing that continuum of health care service, The Community Care Clinic is a great benefit to patients, to the Hospital and to the health improvement of our community.
Wanda Smith recognized special guest representatives of the N.C. State Medical Alliance including Carolyn Green, president; Rene Kikel, president elect; and Rachel Kunesh-A, past president.
Krista Woolly, executive director of the Community Care Clinic of Rowan County, recognized the clinic staff and introduced De Carlo Duling, who described his experience as a patient and how he personally benefitted from the clinic’s medical services.
Merchants providing this year’s fashions included A Perfect Dress, Adella Apparel, Anne’s, Attractions On Main, Belk, Bellissima, Caniche, Lora Belle Baby, Maia’s Fashions, Stitchin’ Post and Thread Shed Clothing.
The show featured more than 50 models who wore a variety of colorful ensembles featuring fashions and accessories for every occasion, from casual to formal wear.
This year marks the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Rowan County Medical Alliance.
Founded in 1948, the Alliance is composed of physician spouses.
The organization has sponsored numerous projects advocating and supporting community health causes.
Joyce Goodwin and Wanda Smith are the 2012-2013 Alliance co-presidents.
Co-chairs for Fashions for a Cause were Mary Goodman, Joyce Goodwin, and Wanda Smith.