Eckerd Connects’ Raising Hope Hosts Sold-Out Waterside Fashion Show

Eckerd Connects’ Raising Hope hosted its fifth annual “Have a Heart” tea party and fashion show on Saturday, February 3 at 11:30am. The event aims to raise money to continue to supply clothes, hygiene products, and school supplies to local foster children. Within weeks of announcing the date, tickets sold out.

“The Have a Heart event is our largest fundraiser of the year,” said Kelly Rossi, Raising Hope Director. “Everyone who attends truly ‘has a heart’ for the plight of foster children, and wants to help. Their caring allows local foster children to have the items they need and deserve.”

This “girls’ day out” featured a gourmet lunch and fashions courtesy of Cassi & Co., La Boutique and Nicole Boutique. I & M Classy Hats and Debbie Stone Jewelry in Largo accessorized the models. With door prizes, a silent auction, and a fancy hat contest, the event even drew the interest of County Commissioner Karen Seel, who volunteered to participate as a model in the show.

“I am eager to participate in the ‘Have a Heart’ fashion show because it’s an opportunity to bring funding and awareness to a program doing powerful things for our foster children,” said Commissioner Seel.  “This is a chance to raise money for a terrific group while having a bit of fun on the waterside, and I want to champion any cause that allows us to support our kids.”

There are seven Raising Hope locations in Florida. New or nearly new items donated by people in the community. If you’d like to make a donation, please click here.