Clearwater Community Volunteers to Host 10th Annual Charity Fashion Show with Public Defender Bob Dillinger

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The Clearwater Community Volunteers will host their annual fashion show “Fashions with Flair” with Bob Dillinger’s “Nourish to Flourish” program, on September 15th to help better the quality of life for local children and families of Tampa Bay.

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The hunger problem is happening right in our backyard, and we are determined to make a difference

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Clearwater Community Volunteers’ (CCV) annual fashion show, to be held on September 15, 2012, from 11:00am-2:30pm, at the historic Fort Harrison in Downtown Clearwater. This year, the CCV partnered with the 6th Judicial Circuit Public Defender, Bob Dillinger, to help feed the chronically hungry children of Pinellas County – children who are on the free or reduced lunch program in their schools but go to bed hungry and do not have enough food on weekends. Deb Prewitt with the Juvenile Welfare Board corroborates a statistic from the U.S Department of Agriculture that estimates there are 7,000 chronically hungry children in Pinellas County.

Both the CCV and Bob Dillinger have a common goal in mind; Dillinger's “Nourish to Flourish” program provides food to these unfortunate children by sending a tray of food home with them every weekend. Each tray costs approximately $3.10 and for only about $156 a year, one child will be fed every weekend during the school year.

“This year we are proudly celebrating 10 years of giving back to our community,” commented Pam Ryan Anderson, Chairperson of the CCV. “The hunger problem is happening right in our backyard, and we are determined to make a difference.”

The event will also hold a silent auction and chance drawing to raise funds for the families, and some of the prizes include:
•Gift certificates for local area restaurants
•Gift certificates for teeth whitening, facials, pedicures, and massages
•Framed art
•Jewelry
•Rebecca Minkoff bag
•White gold and ½ carat diamond necklace from the Gold and Diamond Source

The models are prominent women in the community and include:
•Margaret Word Burnside, co-publisher of Tampa Bay Magazine
•Cat Coats, wife of the former Pinellas County Sheriff and co-founder of the Beth Dillinger Foundation
•Dr. Linda McClintock, Medical Director & President of Age-Less Medicine and wife of former four-term Tampa mayor Dick Greco
•Dr. Kellie Lightborn, Mrs. USA 2012 and nationally recognized television host, attorney, author and motivational speaker
•Lorena Rivas Hardwick, City of Tampa's Neighborhood and Community Relations Office
•Cher Hubsher, Miss Clearwater USA 2013
•Dr. Kendra Outler, anesthesiologist at Walter Reed National Medical Center
•Pat Brady, retired Pinellas County Government official
•Bahiyyah Sadiki, science teacher at Gibbs High School and wife of Imam Sadiki of the St. Petersburg Islamic Center.
•Kelly Pomeranz, wife of David Pomeranz, an American singer and composer

This year, the event will also be raising funds for the Shriners Hospitals for Children® Tampa as CCV did last year when they raised several thousand dollars for the hospital. Shriners is a network of 22 hospitals nationwide providing medical treatment for children below the age of 18 suffering from orthopedic and other ailments regardless of their ability to pay.

Tickets for the show can be purchased on the Clearwater Community Volunteer’s website: http://www.clearwatercommunityvolunteers.org/fashion-show-tickets/, by phone: 727-442-2099 or emailing info@clearwatercommunityvolunteers.org. Fashions are being provided by Ambria's Wearable Art in St. Petersburg.

About Clearwater Community Volunteers (CCV):
Clearwater Community Volunteers (CCV) is a non-profit, charitable organization, made up entirely of volunteers and is a community arm of the Church of Scientology in Clearwater. CCV produces the huge Easter Egg Hunt in Coachman Park in Clearwater every Spring and “Winter Wonderland” – an annual holiday charity drive in downtown Clearwater featuring 5 village buildings, 100 live pine trees, a fully functioning stage with entertainment, tens of thousands of tiny white lights, pony & train rides, a playground, a giant slide and bouncy house, and Santa and Mrs. Claus. CCV gets their inspiration from the quote by L Ron Hubbard, "Love and Help Children." CCV has raised over $100,000 over the past 16 years for charities such as Boys and Girls Club of the Suncoast, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Children's Home, Inc., the oldest orphanage in Tampa.

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