Abuse prevention takes center stage at Pearl fashion show

Women are lining up to walk down the runway Sunday at the Northern Lights Ballroom and Banquet Center in Pease. It’s time for the Pearl Crisis Center’s annual Spring Fashion Show and Business Expo.
This year’s event is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Northern Lights and features a variety of attractions sure to interest the entire family.
The highlight of the event is the annual fashion show, scheduled for 2 p.m.
Judy Pearson, director of the Pearl Crisis Center, said the clothes being modeled during this year’s show come from two sources. Models will be showcasing clothes that they will be donating the Crisis Center’s Community Closet, a thrift store on Main Street in Milaca that provides support for victims and survivors of violence. Others will be modeling clothes that are already available for sale at the thrift shop, Pearson said.
Entertainment will be provided this year by the Mathison Family Fiddlers, a Milaca-based group of young and talented musicians. There will also be a live auction with auctioneer David Swenson livening things up from behind the microphone.
A silent auction will be held, as well as drawings throughout the day for the chance to win prizes. The big raffle this year features three cash prizes of $200, $300 and $500. Vendors will also be at the event to showcase their wares.
Another highlight of this year’s event will be a photo project by Erica Ann that captures the emotion and struggles of victims of domestic abuse and domestic assault. Each photo is accompanied by a poem written by Erica Ann’s boyfriend that describes what is going on in each photo.
For Erica Ann, this project hits close to home. She herself is a survivor of domestic violence and started this project because of her experiences.
All proceeds from the free fashion show and expo will support victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and the Olweus bullying prevention program that was introduced in the Milaca School District earlier this year.
For more information on Sunday’s fashion show and expo, call Judy Pearson or Denise Prokott at 320-982-2901.