Kimberly Gomez

A fashion show to stop child abuse

The Safe Babies Healthy Familes fashion show, held Feb. 15, was a benefit to help teach parents to create a positive environment for their children.

By - Mar 9th, 2013 04:00 am

When fashion and charity combine, the results can be truly beautiful. Take the Safe Babies Healthy Families Fashion Show. Held February 15, the event featured a number of glamorous models and a good cause: stopping the cycle of child abuse.

Safe Babies Healthy Families is a local nonprofit (located in Waukesha, serving greater Milwaukee) that offers new parents support, education and resources to provide a healthy environment for their kids. Their emphasis on teaching parents to be a positive influence on their children’s lives is supported by both direct support and step-by-step instruction.

WTMJ 4‘s Susan Kim emceed the event, as a prominent supporter of the charity. Kim also directly helped one of Safe Babies Healthy Family’s beneficiaries: a young mother named Shamah, who spoke before the event.

When Shamah found out she was pregnant with twins, she said, she was naturally overwhelmed. She tried a few resources to get help, but they didn’t provide much assistance, so she contacted WTMJ 4 and spoke with Susan Kim, who put her in touch with the nonprofit. Now, thanks to the help of Safe Babies Healthy Families, she’s able to provide a loving, safe environment for her children and about to receive her bachelor’s degree.

Of course, there was fashion in the mix that day, starting from the very beginning: When we entered the banquet room, there were models already posing in stylish, springy looks from MinkMaids. This gave all of us fashion lovers the opportunity to start deciding which pieces we would add to our wardrobe.

The fashion show itself included celebrity models who were also board members. Kim Preston, board president in a vibrant fuchsia jacket, showed us who was boss. Brad Schimel, Waukesha County DA, (and past board president) looked dapper in a suit with attitude from Boston Store. Anntaya Woods looked chic and modern in her layered, draped look. Rick Moon, looking suave in his shades and suit with pink tie (yes, ladies love pink on a man), strolled down the runway with purpose. And if all of that style wasn’t enough, how about radiant, pregnant Kelsey DeMarais? Who says you can’t work it when you’re pregnant? Kelsey sure did—and looked fabulous doing it.

The fun makeup was done by Blush, and the fabulous hair was created by Roots Salon in Brookfield. Fashions were provided by Faye’s, Boston Store, and Strawberry Fields in Lake Geneva.

My favorite piece was the sunny, yellow studded handbag. I’ll take one of those, thank you very much.

You’ll see different spring fashion trends such as ruffles, power suits, bright colors, flower prints, and sheer fabrics. Look through the pictures and get some ideas for your spring wardrobe.

For more information about Safe Babies Healthy Families, or to donate, visit their website. Their annual gala event is set for May 9, at the Marriott Hotel in Pewaukee.

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