Fashion For A Cause


A West 6th Street parking lot was converted into the trendiest place to be in Cleveland on Friday night. The Fashion For A Cause outdoor fashion show was presented by Barley House and the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club on Friday, July 31, 2009. 

All proceeds went to support the nonprofit groups of the local charity Wigs for Kids, as well as the Fatone Family Foundation, established by the former ‘N Sync member himself, Joey Fatone, and his family. Wigs For Kids provides wigs and self-assurance to children in need of hair pieces due to medical treatments, illness or burn accidents. The Fatone Family Foundation benefits several charities, with emphasis on children’s organizations. 

Fatone made quite the appearance at the event, as the lively and entertaining emcee. He also took time to explain the new program his foundation is funding to implement at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children located in Orlando, Florida, 

“We are putting a music therapy program on the cancer floor of the hospital to help provide a new form of therapy for the children," Fatone said. "It will offer many aspects of music including recording studios.”

The event began at 8 p.m. sharp with a line of guests anxious to reserve their seat for a perfect view. However, the live heart-pumping music mix generated by DJ D-Nyce and DJ Nova made it hard to stay in your seat. 

Also keeping the crowd entertained (to say the least) was the juggling act of fire-lit bottles by an oh-so-talented professional bartender. Sexy local socialites of all ages mingled amongst complimentary food and drinks while awaiting the show to begin.

1996 gold medal gymnast Dominique Moceanu pleasantly surprised the audience as she took the stage to discuss her support of Wigs for Kids and how her first pregnancy inspired her to become involved with the charity. 

“Being pregnant, I thought a lot about children and really wanted to make a difference in a child’s life," Moceanu said. "When I heard about Wigs for Kids, I began growing out my hair until it reached the 12-inch minimum and was able to sit with the 9-year-old girl that would be receiving my hair as a wig. Wigs For Kids provides hope and confidence for kids, and I saw that first hand.”

Once the fashion show began, the runway had the guests’ full attention. Beautiful models captured the stage in the hottest summer trends for men and women from Cleveland’s own Style Lounge boutique. Many fashions were represented including swimwear, dresses and casual looks, all of which were very well received by the audience. 

Unfortunately the show had to come to an end, but the party continued right next door at the Barley House.

Additional sponsors included Red BullBud LightAbsolut Vodka and Cleveland’s WQAL Q104 radio station. Hair and makeup was provided by Illusions Unlimited and Donte Lucci Salon.

Visit the following links to find out more about how you can support Wigs for Kids and the Fatone Family Foundation.

Wigs For Kids:
Fatone Family Foundation:



Sunday, August 2, 2009