HARVEY | More than 400 people attended Restoration Ministries’ 15th annual fashion show and dinner to benefit Tabitha House, a Christian-based free residential program for women with histories of addiction, and more than $26,000 was raised, according to a news release.
The show took place March 19 at the Serbian Social Center in Lansing. The theme for this year’s show was "Chicago … My Kind of Town" and was apparent throughout the evening even with an appearance from "Frank Sinatra," who entertained the crowd with a song dedicated to Tabitha House. The stage and runway were decorated with the Chicago skyline. Modeling fashions from Cache in Orland Mall and Dress Barn in Homewood were recent Tabitha House graduates, teachers from Elim Christian School and partners and volunteers at Restoration Ministries.
At the show, Restoration Ministries’ chairman of the board, Dr. John F. Sullivan, and Tabitha House Director Jeanette Goodman, presented the annual Rose Award to Kara Kamstra for her special commitment to Tabitha House, where she is a mentor. Kamstra, of South Holland, is the youngest recipient of this award, which is presented annually to an outstanding volunteer.
A cash raffle of $1,000, $500 and $250 prizes, which were donated by Jim Gill and J. Gill Construction, helped raise $9,000 of the $26,000 total.
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.
Pictured at the fashion show benefiting Tabitha House are, from left, Restoration Ministries’ CEO Dr. John Sullivan, the 2013 Rose Award honoree Kara Kamstra, Tabitha House Director Jeanette Goodman and Vicki Sylvester, Fashion Show chairman. Kamstra, of South Holland, is the youngest recipient of the Rose Award.
Modeling fashions from Cache in Orland Mall are, from left, Lauren Robinette, Alison O’Brien, Tim Kozak, Tanya Lopez, the director of youth programs at Restoration Ministries, and Elaine Regnerus. The other models are teachers and paraprofessionals at Elim Christian School in Orland Park. They bring their students to Restoration Ministries where they volunteer sorting food for the Food Pantry.