by Cesca Janece Waterfield
Who says service isn’t chic?
Not the YWCA of Richmond, who has exemplified fashionable action for more than 120 years. Today, the YWCA provides rescue and recovery services to victims of domestic and sexual violence. And thanks to the YWCA Child Development Center, children ages 3-5 get full-day preschool in a program certified by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Although the original building has stood at N. 6th St. for 95 years, today their comprehensive programs reach residents in Richmond and surrounding counties. This year, the YWCA intensified outreach to Goochland and Chesterfield, after a spike in the need for services there. By providing comprehensive services to children and families in need, the YWCA impacts the lives of everyone in the region.
On Nov. 14, the YWCA will host a premier fashion show at Plant Zero Arts Center to raise funds for their programs. With the theme of “empowerment,” expect high energy models wearing youthful yet sophisticated fashion donated by leading area retailers. Philan Fashion, the innovative “green boutique” of Stony Point Fashion Park, is a sponsor, as well as EuroTrash of 3009 Cary St. and Dillard’s department store. Fab’rik, a retailer in Short Pump and Carytown, and Vault Lounge are also donating funds and services.