By TAYLOR HARTZ
The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HCC) Auxiliary for the Bradley Campus hosted a bridal fashion show at Hawk’s Landing on Monday evening. With the theme “As Time Goes By” volunteer models donned more than 40 gowns in a variety of styles, showing off the “wedding fashions of yesteryear.”
“This year we decided to do something bold and different,” said Nancy Yalanis, representing the Auxiliary Board of Directors, of the fashion show that included dresses dating from the 1800s to the present.
More than 200 members and guests gathered at the golf club on Monday, Sept. 21, where they enjoyed complimentary wedding punch, dinner, and a cash bar before the bridal models hit the runway.
The show featured not just bridal gowns, but attire for the mothers of bride, bridesmaids, and flower girls.
Additional clothing included honeymoon going-away outfits, and special event dresses for bridal showers and bachelorette parties.
The annual event offered a unique experience for many of the models.
“As a mother of sons, this is my only opportunity to be the mother-of-the-bride,” said volunteer model Cindy Simms.
This year’s event was dedicated to the memory of Jean Kirychuck, a Southington resident and dedicated member of the auxiliary.
Kirychuck had helped to organize the fashion show for several years, served on the Board of Directors, and worked in the auxiliary’s HCC gift shop as the Bradley Campus bookkeeper.
Members of the organization thanked local volunteers for their support of the event, including Christina Romano from Bangles Boutique who made clothing donations, and with Lee Longo of the Plainville Hair Spa and Rosemary Champagne who styled the models’ hair.
Tickets to the event were valued at $40 per person, with gift baskets available for raffle throughout the evening. Proceeds were all donated to the auxiliary, which supports many needs at the Bradley Memorial Campus.
“For decades, The Hospital of Central Connecticut auxiliary has donated millions of dollars toward equipment, technology, facilities and valuable programs and services,” says the HCC’s website, of the volunteer organization.
Funds raised from the fashion show will be used directly toward three $1,000 scholarships that will be awarded to local students who are planning to further their education in the medical field.
Any additional funds will be used to pay the auxiliary’s pledge to the HHC Cancer Institute.
Photos by TAMMI NAUDUS