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Southlake’s National Charity League gets ready to hit the runway again for nonprofits

By Rebecca ChristophersonFebruary 22, 2024No Comments

Southlake’s National Charity League gets ready to hit the runway again for nonprofits

By Joy Donovan
Photos courtesy of National Charity League, Southlake

The annual style show produced by Southlake’s chapter of the National Charity League raises money for local charities, but there’s more to it than just a charitable fundraiser.

The longtime event offers a peek into spring fashions and serves as a social event for friends and families. But at least one more benefit comes from the show.

“It really brought out some of the girls who were super shy or didn’t want to wear a dress,” Stephanie Pennington, NCL member, said. “It was awesome to see them blossom.”

High school junior and senior girls — shy, outgoing or in between — again this year will walk the runway as a part of NCL’s Southlake chapter’s major fundraiser. This year’s show, “The Destination is Your Runway,” is set for March 3 at the Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive.

It’s the 27th year the Southlake chapter has produced the show, Pennington said. Last year’s event raised nearly $110,000 for charity, Molly Vitangeli, a committee member, said.

The event fills an afternoon. With 90 models walking the runway, this is no quick jaunt on the catwalk. The itinerary begins with a silent auction and hors d’oeuvres at 2 p.m., followed by the fashion show at 4 p.m. Eight scenes are planned, set to music representing such destinations as New York and Paris. A few local boys, mostly sons of the women members of NCL, appear on stage with the NCL members. The senior girls, attired in formal wear, all walk a final time with their fathers.

NCL, a multigenerational organization of mothers and daughters, was founded 99 years ago in 1925 in California. The national group’s mission is “to foster mother-daughter relationships” through community service, leadership and cultural experiences. Local chapters exist in numerous states, including several in Tarrant County. The individual chapters choose which charitable organizations to support, mostly through volunteering time.

This annual fashion show is particular to the Southlake organization and will include fashions from local retailers.

Tickets cost $80 per person and may be purchased at nationalcharityleague.org/chapter/southlake.

The auction this year will include such prized items as a suite accommodating 42 for the July 25 concert of Morgan Wallen at AT&T Stadium, an autographed guitar from the band Journey, and a five-day stay in a Vail condominium. Sports fans may bid on a Dallas Cowboys package with four club-level tickets, a parking pass, four on-field pre-game tickets and a signed helmet; or a Dallas Mavericks bundle with game tickets and a signed Luka Doncic jersey.

All the proceeds will benefit a variety of local charities this year, according to Vitangeli. Receiving funding will be Christmas is for Children, GRACE, House of Shine, Humane Society of North Texas, Me Squared Cancer Foundation, Metroport Meals on Wheels, Mid-Cities Christmas Providers, Miracle League of Southlake, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Community Table, Carroll Dragons Special Olympics, Stepping Stones Foundation, Summer Santa and The Gifting Project.

Pennington, a Southlake resident and past chair of the event, has served on the fashion show committee in various capacities. During her 12 years as a member with her three daughters, she’s learned her passion is collaborating with the girls toward a common goal.

“I like that you’re raising money for a lot of charities, not just one,” she said of the project. “You’re spreading the love.”