By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor
JARC models waved, posed and smiled for the paparazzi as they strutted down the catwalk on the second floor of Boca Raton’s Lord & Taylor store showcasing the latest designs all while raising money for JARC Florida during the third annual A Fashion Show with Heart.
JARC Florida, a non profit, non-sectarian organization based in Boca Raton that provides group homes, apartments and vocational training for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Entertainer Sam Simon served as the emcee for the event with help from Lord & Taylor’s general manager Mindy Horvitz. The duo announced the models, their interests and of course what styles they were dressed in during the fashion show.
“We thoroughly enjoy putting this event on and putting it together,” Horvitz told the crowd as the models waited to be introduced.
Since the event began three years ago, it has more than doubled in size, JARC CEO Debra Hallow said. The first show had 50 attendees. This year’s sell out crowd featured 140 fashionistas who took their seats as close to the catwalk to catch a glimpse of the JARC clients, their family members and JARC supporters as they walked the runway.
Carin Friedman and Stacey Klein served as co-chairs for the event. Both are mothers to JARC clients.
“Gabe loves his life at JARC,” Friedman said as she introduced the event. “He has a social life, friends, three jobs and even a girlfriend, who he is walking with today.”
Klein agreed about what JARC offers her son. She said knowing he is in a place where he is happy every day helps her sleep better at night.
Best friends and JARC clients Nick Gay and John Gardner were paired together for the show. Both smiled after the show and said they would walk again next year. They were all smiles about the outfits and shoes they got to wear.
Duos of models included mothers and daughters, fathers and sons and of course Gabe and his girlfriend.
Before and after the main event, Simon entertained the crowd with jokes and helped raffle-off donated items.
The event raised more than $20,000, according to JARC officials.