Wild Women Gather at Whistling Pines for Fashion Show Fundraiser

EUSTIS, Florida (May 18 ,2013) The Church of Whistling Pines hosted the Fashion Show Fundraiser to benefit the Kinsman Redeemer Thrift Store. (Photo by: Michelle Turner/Full Sail University).

EUSTIS, Florida (May 18 ,2013) The Church of Whistling Pines hosted the Fashion Show Fundraiser to benefit the Kinsman Redeemer Thrift Store. (Photo by: Michelle Turner/Full Sail University).

EUSTIS, Fla. (May 18, 2013) Women from the Eustis and Umatilla areas gathered Saturday at the Church at Whistling Pines as part of a fashion show brunch to celebrate the grand reopening of The Kinsman Redeemer Thrift Store. The event, which was conceived and organized by Brenda Williams and her fellow ladies from the Church at Whistling Pines, offered guests a complimentary brunch, dessert, Biblical devotion led by Rebecca Randall, and a fashion show which featured clothing from the new Kinsman Redeemer Thrift Store. Guests were simply asked to bring one gently used item that could be sold at the event or at the thrift store- with all proceeds benefiting the Ruth House of Umatilla.

EUSTIS, Florida (May 18, 2013) Brenda Williams addresses the crowd and welcomes them to the Fashion Show Fundraiser. (Photo by: Michelle Turner/Full Sail University).

EUSTIS, Florida (May 18, 2013) Brenda Williams addresses the crowd and welcomes them to the Fashion Show Fundraiser. (Photo by: Michelle Turner/Full Sail University).

Jeni’s Vision…and Beyond
The original Kinsman Redeemer Thrift Store was opened in 2011 as the vision of Jeni Reed.  As Jeni explained, “My husband and I own the Laundromat in town and at one point there was an open building that had previously been a thrift store. The vision was put on my heart to open a thrift store that could provide income to the Ruth House so I went to Rebecca and she was thrilled. After a year of steady growth, I stepped away because I was not gifted in what it would take to continue its growth.” The event was to celebrate the store’s third location- as it has outgrown the previous two.

Wild Women

EUSTIS, Florida (May 18 ,2013) Ruth House Executive Director Rebecca Randall spends time preparing  her devotion prior to addressing the women in attendance at Saturday's event. (Photo by: Michelle Turner/Full Sail University).

EUSTIS, Florida (May 18 ,2013) Ruth House Executive Director Rebecca Randall spends time preparing her devotion prior to addressing the women in attendance at Saturday’s event. (Photo by: Michelle Turner/Full Sail University).

After the guests had the opportunity to enjoy their meal, the Executive Director of the Ruth House Rebecca Randall was invited to deliver a devotion to the group. While Randall is usually called upon to explain the mission of the Ruth House facility and how the Kinsman Redeemer Thrift Store plays a vital part of that mission, she shared that she was very excited to be able to “bring the word this morning.” As Randall began, she inquired of the crowd, “Who here would consider themselves to be  ‘wild’ woman?” After the exchanging of glances and giggles, Randall shared that WILD was actually an acronym that stands for Walking In Loving Discipline in one’s relationship with God and in one’s life as a woman. She encouraged the all-female crowd to always celebrate their womanhood and all that comes with it…including fashionable outfits and fabulous shoes.

EUSTIS, Florida (May 18,2013) Three of the models pose for a photo prior to walking the runway in Saturday's fashion show fundraiser. (Photo by: Michelle Turner/Full Sail University).

EUSTIS, Florida (May 18,2013) Three of the models pose for a photo prior to walking the runway in Saturday’s fashion show fundraiser. (Photo by: Michelle Turner/Full Sail University).EUSTIS, Florida (May 18,2013) A high-heeled twist on a classic black pump caught the attention of many of the attendee's at Saturday's event. (Photo by: Michelle Turner/Full Sail University).EUSTIS, Florida (May 18,2013) A high-heeled twist on a classic black pump caught the attention of many of the attendee’s at Saturday’s event. (Photo by: Michelle Turner/Full Sail University).

One Woman’s Trash is Another Woman’s Treasure

Once Randall finished her inspiring devotion, it was time for the fashion show. Women and teens from the community, along with current and former residents of Ruth House, all donned garments, jewelry, handbags and shoes from the thrift store for a journey down the runway. The models enthusiastically strutted and twirled to the delight of the crowd. In addition to showing the quality of the gently used brand name garments available for purchase at the Kinsman Redeemer Thrift Store, the accessories- particularly the shoes- seemed to steal the show. It was clear that the MC was right- what one woman may see as trash, truly is another woman’s treasure.

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