United Way of Parker County’s Little Black Dress Fashion Show event raised more than $30,000 last week, which will help support 10 nonprofit organizations in the area.
“I was blown away by the support of those that came. The sponsors and individual ticket-holders really supported our event,” United Way of Parker County Executive Director Le’Anne Taylor said. “We sold a lot of raffles, we had a great silent auction turnout, we just had a really great time and it really showed because of the fact that we set a goal and then blew past that goal, so we are really elated by the number that was raised at that event.”
The sold-out event, sponsored by H-E-B of Hudson Oaks as well as several others, surpassed United Way’s goal of $30,000 and featured a fashion show with local boutiques and models, a silent auction, dinner and live entertainment by Holli Garret at Trickle Creek Ranch. There were 15 local boutiques that participated with 17 models showing off their designs.
“It is exciting to be able to represent a local boutique, which mine was Cary’s Lane in Willow Park, while also raising money for United Way of Parker County. Supporting a ‘shop local’ mentality while raising money to support non-profits is a win-win,” Little Black Dress model Maegan Lisle, of Rattikin Title Company, said. “Each year that I participate in the Little Black Dress event, it repeatedly shows me how our community can come together to give time, money and attention to those that need it and deserve it.”
Another model for the event was Annie McGinnis, who represented Peacock’s Boutique down the runway.
“This was the first time I’ve done anything like this and once I met with Le’Anne and she explained what the Little Black Dress event was and what United Way did for Parker County, I was excited,” McGinnis said. “Community is something that’s very strong in my heart and I love giving back and this was just one way I could do that and help Parker County and the 10 organizations that United Way helps. My heart was pumping, but everyone that was in the fashion show, all the models, were so supportive.”
Taylor said the event would not be what it is without so much support.
“We could not have done this event without the support of Ronda and Darrell Odom, the owners of Trickle Creek Ranch event venue, they supported us and just really went above and beyond to help this event be successful,” Taylor said. “Without H-E-B and our Gold Sponsors we just really could not make this event what it is and I really want to give the local boutiques due credit because not having the boutiques and models, it wouldn’t be a fashion show.”
The money raised from Little Black Dress will support CASA Hope for Children, Child Protective Services Board, Children’s Advocacy Center of Parker County, Flourishing Tree, Freedom House, Manna Storehouse, Parker County Committee on Aging, Sanctified Hope and Stars and Strides Stables Therapeutic Riding.
“United Way of Parker County’s mission is the improve the lives and build a stronger, healthier community,” Taylor said in a previous interview. “The more money we raise at events like this, the more money we are able to allocate to our partner agencies.”
Each year, local nonprofits apply to United Way to receive funding for a variety of educational, health and income programs that are provided to the community. The nonprofits must meet a list of criteria in order to be eligible for funding from United Way.
“I feel that United Way is an important organization for Parker County because the nonprofits that benefit are organizations that do so much in return for the help they receive,” Lisle said. “United Way helps people that help themselves, so in the end, everyone wins. By supporting United Way, you are supporting 10-plus organizations in Parker County and the money goes so far for each one.”
United Way Board and Planning Committee member Heidi Wilburn said she’s always amazed by the generosity of the community.
“The Little Black Dress was a sold-out success. I am always amazed by the generosity of Parker County, and this year was no different,” Wilburn said. “With every penny raised staying here at home, we can’t wait to get started on next year’s event to make it even bigger and better with more money raised going directly back to the people in Parker County.”
For more information about United Way of Parker County, visit unitedwayofparkercounty.org.