A fashion show featuring Mrs. New York America 2015 is planned at Canandaigua Academy to benefit the Breast Health Patient Navigation Program at Thompson Health.

CANANDAIGUA – A fashion show featuring Mrs. New York America 2015 is planned at Canandaigua Academy to benefit the Breast Health Patient Navigation Program at Thompson Health.

In this collaborative fashion show hosted by Canandaigua Academy and area small businesses, students, staff, and community leaders will join Mrs. New York America 2015, Jessica Lahr, and strut their stuff on Thursday, May 14.

It’s an event that pays dividends in all directions. Students from Barbara Landon’s leadership/participation in government classes receive service learning credit hours while learning how to put on a successful community fundraiser. And Constellation Brands and the Sands Family Foundation will match all funds raised.

Lahr will also share her story of becoming Mrs. New York, her son’s recovery from Kawasaki disease, taking control of her own health by losing 70 lbs., and seeing close friends and family members fight the battle against cancer.

And ultimately, funds raised will help sustain the Breast Health Navigation Program at Thompson Health which assists with the coordination of care and services for patients. An assigned Navigator provides immediate access to a variety of support services — linking a patient to the appropriate professionals, coordinating follow up appointments and managing the delivery of reports to the patient’s care team.

Michele Abraszek-McElheny, owner of The Country Ewe, conceived the idea as a way to remember her sister and others who have battled breast cancer.

“Sadly, almost everyone has been touched by cancer in some way,” said Abraszek-McElheny. “This is an opportunity to help raise funds to make the fight against cancer more manageable. The response has been remarkable — so many people from the community have stepped up to help with this event. The evening is sure to be one you won’t want to miss.”

As a teacher at Canandaigua Academy, Landon has produced other fashion shows with her fashion in marketing classes, but this one is bigger and involves more community support, she said. The event will also feature silent auction items and raffle prizes.

“This is not your average fashion show,” said Landon. “It promises to be fun and definitely entertaining.”

Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 and are available at Antoinette’s Bridal and Accessories, Canandaigua Federal Credit Union, Canandaigua National Bank on Main Street, Dick Anthony Ltd., and The Country Ewe; and from Barbara Landon at the Canandaigua Academy. Tickets may also be ordered online at www.countryewe.com.

IF YOU GO

WHAT Struttin’ For a Cause Fashion Show
WHEN Thursday, May 14, doors open at 7 p.m.; show starts at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE Canandaigua Academy, 435 East St.
COST $12;tickets at Antoinette’s Bridal & Accessories, Canandaigua Federal Credit Union, Canandaigua National Bank on Main Street, Dick Anthony Ltd., The Country Ewe and from Barbara Landon at the Canandaigua Academy
INFO Call The Country Ewe, (585) 396-9580, or visit facebook.com/struttinforacausefashionshow. Proceeds benefit the Breast Health Patient Navigation Program at Thompson Health.