Seniors light up the runway at fashion show


By Donna Rogers

It was “steaming” in the Quality Independent Living clubhouse in Winston-Salem on Saturday, June 3. The seniors gathered with family and friends to see fellow residents show off their “hot” attire during the apartment complex’s second annual fashion show in the gathering room. The complex is owned by Carver Road Church of Christ.

Men and women who live in the complex for residents age 55 and up, displayed chosen items from their wardrobes as they presented themselves down a runway or two. The fashion show is designed to give seniors self-confidence and a chance to have fun. Oohs and ahhs were peppered throughout the afternoon event.

Announcer Carol McDowell provided background and peppy comments on the models and their clothes and words from God and about God, too. “Seniors have it going on. Make no mistake about it,” McDowell said.

During a break as the models changed wardrobes, resident Josephine Gwen sang, “Because He lives, I Can Face Tomorrow.”

McDowell also presented famous quotes and encouraged seniors. “We as seniors know there is still a lot of life left in us,” she said. “We’ve experienced every day and we appreciate every day. We’ve been around long enough to know that God is our source and everything else is just resources.”

The models were Hattie Covington, Pantherine Head, Ernest Little, Adella McMillan, Bronzell Graham, Yvonne Glenn, Jacqueline Wilson and Joyce Durham.

Executive Director Annette Nichols spoke before refreshments were served. She mentioned that the event had standing-room only. “As we go home today, let us make sure all seniors we come in contact with get a smile,” Nichols said. “We need to thank God for them.”

Donna Rogers is the editor of the Winston-Salem Chronicle. This story was first published in the Chronicle and is repeated by permission.


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