Weekend of fashion and beauty helps neighbors

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KARE release

 KARE release

Kershaw Area Resource Community Exchange (KARE) announces a weekend of beauty and hope.  With an eye on the future, KARE continues not only to assist neighbors in financial crisis, but also empower them to take charge of their futures. 

Through educational workshops – a program that continues to expand – participants are taught various skills that will assist in money saving, further life skill development, networking and more.  

On Oct. 18, professional and amateur makeup artists, hair professionals and fashion savvy individuals will give make-up, hair and accessory tips to workshop participants.  Made possible by a generous donation of materials from Second Harvest Food Bank and grants, as well as volunteers’ time, this workshop will be free for participants age 14 and up. 

The workshop is from 4 to 6pm at 110 S. Hart Street.

These beauty and fashion tips are intended to help prepare individuals who may be job searching.

Oct. 19 welcomes the inaugural Dressed to KARE Fashion Show and Luncheon, which will kick off the annual fundraising campaign for KARE. 

KARE is excited to announce that the emcee is the newly crowned Miss South Carolina Teen, Brook Sill. 

Event sponsorships are currently being sought at the platinum, gold and silver levels.  Attendees will receive a delightfully Southern lunch. 

Models for the fashion show are community members who have been nominated by friends and family. They exemplify the heart of KARE either by their actions, attitudes or service to others.  

Hair and make-up will be done by volunteers and fashions will come from the KARE Closet – the volunteer-run thrift store that generates income that goes right back into the hands of neighbors in crisis. 

Event co-chair Deeda McIsaac Coffey encourages support for the show.

“The Dressed to KARE fundraiser is an opportunity for everyone to help someone else.  If we all pitch in at whatever level we can, it will be a huge success,” Coffey said.

The event is in the gym at Kershaw First Baptist Church, 210 N. Matson Street.

At present, KARE relies on grants, sales from the KARE Closet and private donations to meet the increasing needs of the residents in our area. 

According to recent reports, of the working individuals in our area, almost 38 percent are still at poverty level. This doesn’t include unemployed individuals. 

This fall, KARE will begin an annual fundraising campaign to supplement previous funding. 

Because operating expenses are already provided by grants, all of the money received through donations can go directly back into the community through crisis assistance and educational programming to assist people in improving their situations.  

Dressed to KARE will provide a glimpse at the spirit and heart of KARE.

Anyone interested in hosting a table or attending as a guest of KARE should call (803) 475-4173 to reserve a space.  

KARE is a 501(c)3 and all donations are 100 percent tax deductible.