HARVEY | Val Warner, TV co-host of "Windy City Live," welcomed more than 420 people to Restoration Ministries’ 16th annual fashion show and dinner to benefit Tabitha House, its Christian-based free residential program for women with histories of addiction.
The show took place March 18 at the Serbian Social Center in Lansing. The theme for this year’s show was “Hollywood” and was apparent throughout the evening even with a large Hollywood sign that models walked under as they approached the runway.
Modeling fashions from Cache in Orland Mall and Dress Barn in Homewood were recent Tabitha House graduates, members of It’s A Service Thing, a volunteer organization founded in 2013 to provide volunteer support to south suburban nonprofit organizations, and South Suburban College work-study students who work in Restoration Ministries’ After-School Programs. Girls who participate in the After-School Program modeled Easter dresses from La Posh Boutique in South Holland.
At the show, Restoration Ministries’ founder and chairman of the board Dr. John F. Sullivan presented the annual Rose Award to Clair Johnson, the executive vice president of Providence Bank based in South Holland. The Rose Award is given to outstanding volunteers and individuals who demonstrate a special commitment to Tabitha House. Johnson was honored for creating and supporting the Providence Bank Cookbook, which is sold at Providence Bank branches with all proceeds going to Tabitha House. Since 2007, more than $6,000 from the cookbook sales has been donated to Tabitha House.
Located in South Holland, Tabitha House is a safe, loving home for women with histories of drug addiction. During their time in this free 18-month program, women overcome their addictions, build employment and life skills, and develop ties to the Christian community.