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38th Annual Foundation Fashion Night Brings Together Members of the Community for a Cause

Sep 26, 2018 01:56PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Image from the NorthEast Foundation's 36th Annual Foundation Fashion Week.

The NorthEast Foundation is hosting its 38th Annual Foundation Fashion Night, benefiting the Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast. It raises funds to support innovative technology, special programs and critically needed projects for distinct areas of the local hospital. It is taking place Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the The City Club at Gibson Mills

“The NorthEast Foundation Fashion Night is truly an event the whole community can get behind,” said co-chair Nicole Lisk in a press release.  “Models this year live in Concord, Harrisburg, Kannapolis and Salisbury. Some work for the hospital, some volunteer and some are first-time supporters of the event. Models of all ages will be participating, with the youngest being 5 years old. The same can be said for the restaurants and sponsors, who come from all surrounding areas of the community. It will truly be an evening to remember as we come together for one common goal!”

This event brings together members of the community and hospital showcasing the latest style trends from twelve local boutiques and shops. The 60 "models" that will be at the event are people from the stores and the community, showcasing what each boutique has to offer. The age of the modals range from 3 to 80 years old and are a representation of the community as a whole. They include civic leaders, community leaders, philanthropist, survivors of cancer, and more. 

"It's always been a community event that involves employees from the hospital and people passionate about the foundation," Foundation president Charlie Sastoque told us.

Because of the success over the years, things have been changing and it is actually new show, according to Sastoque, who has been with the Foundation for four years. There's been an increase in the number of store participants, each participant promoting and advocating for different areas the hospital is fundraising for, showcasing in clothing. 

"Part of the additional changes," Sastoque said. "Is the creation of a magazine. We wanted to work with Vogue, but it just wasn’t feasible a few years ago. So, we decided to do our own magazine."

The new magazine can be used as introductory piece to the Foundation. It portrays the message of the Foundation, as well as showcases its supporters. The magazine has been a  great way to share stories of patients, impact, mission, community support, and the funds raised.

Coming back for a second year is “Taste of Cabarrus,” with over 10 restaurants preparing signature appetizers and desserts from around the county. Where the Fashion Night used to have a caterer, last year “Taste of Cabarrus” was introduced. The Foundation partnered with local restaurants who were willing to donate a portion of their food for the evening. This was not only successful, but this year's Fashion Show is expected to have seven restaurants in total providing food. 

Restaurants participating include 2 Gals Kitchen73 & Main, Afton Tavern, Cabarrus Arena & Events CenterGianni's Trattorria, Local 25 and The Smoke Pit. For dessert, guests can enjoy treats from from Dough New York Style Bakery and The Sweet Life. Cabarrus Brewing Company, who is a supporter of the Foundation, serve its cold brew for the second time. New this year will be bourbon tastings from Southern Grace Distilleries out of Mount Pleasant.

Another addition to the Fashion Show this year is the “Vote to Give” campaign. Both guests and non guests interested in voting for any model, store, or restaurant can donate a dollar per vote for them. Each dollar raised is supporting the service line – the Cancer Center, the ER, the Jeff Gordon Children Center, and more. 

"Vote to Give" is another opportunity for anyone to donate. Options to send in a vote are through text and online. Voting begins three weeks before the event. Visit the Foundation's website to vote.

"Every dollar we raise stays right here in the county for the hospital," Sastoque emphasized.

Support innovative technology is one of the most important things to Sastoque, and one of the areas being focused on this year. Children’s advocacy is also a huge emphasis, with the Jeff Gordon Children's Center (JGCC). The JGCC is a 53-bed children’s hospital located on the campus of CHS NorthEast for pediatric patients from birth to age 18. It provides highly specialized, exceptional pediatric care and is built solely by community support. It's also the region's only pediatric epilepsy monitoring unit.

Last year, Sastoque had an amazingly memorable moment involving. The moment was with a young boy who was a model last year that had been born premature. He received a stuffed animal from Jeff Gordon while in the JGCC, kept it, and ever since has collected toys to give back to hospital on his birthday. His name is Caleb Davis. 

Heather Kincel, Director of Special Events, Marketing and Public Relations, started in July of 2017, and has been overwhelmed with the support the community provides for these events. "Not just from the model perspective, but for me last year," Kincel said. "What was so overwhelming was the community support. We over-sold out and everyone came together for one night not just to celebrate fashion and food, but to celebrate the passion for hospital." 

Kincel recalled experiencing the children's advocacy, as well as how fortunate the community is to have hospital at such a high caliber. The 2017 Fashion Show was the first event she threw for the Foundation. "The passion for this establishment was overwhelming and heartwarming. It made me want to work harder."

General admission tickets are on sale now for $50 ($20 of the ticket price is tax-deductible), which includes attendance to the Fashion Show, food and beverages, the Annual Fashion Show Magazine with vendor discounts and a free gift.  Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 704-403-1369.

Since its inception in 1981, Foundation Fashion Night has raised over $1.5 million directly benefiting CHS NorthEast, and will continue to benefit the 10 major areas of support – Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, Cancer Services, Cardiac Services, Emergency Services, Endowment, Greatest Need, Jeff Gordon Children’s Center, Neurosciences, Surgical Services and Women’s Services. 

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