A $4 DRESS—Norrell’s Cheap Thrills


A Michele Obama-style dress for $3.49, a man’s jacket for $5 and a Wedding dress that you can wear once and take back. All of this and more were shown at the annual BASH (Black Association of South Hills) Scholarship Luncheon and Fundraiser. More than 450 attended the afternoon event at the Greentree Doubletree.
This year’s BASH fashion show was hosted by yours truly with fashions selected from my cheap thrills shopping trips and fashions courtesy of the late Wally King at DebWal in Station Square; New York, New York in Station Square; and A Woman’s Touch and Something Borrowed in Bloomfield. The show began with Casual Bling featuring beautiful embellished jackets by Christine Alexander. Scene two was “The Year of The Dress” and showcased the return of great dresses for daytime. In scene three there was plenty of evening bling and guests were invited to turn on their bling rings in the center of the table. The lights were dimmed in the ballroom and the rings blinked from wall to wall. The bling rings were the creative touch of event chair Hattie Watts. Scene four said “Yes to the Dress” and the models were all guests at a formal wedding.
The striking list of models included: Lorraine Turner, Marcia Younge, Otis Mills, Al Simpson Jr., Diane Stotts, Samantha Tyler and Sharon Burks. It was a great afternoon with a 50/50 raffle that swelled to over $1,200.
BASH was formed as an organization that serves as a welcoming committee for all new residents south of Pittsburgh, as well as a social, civic and charitable organization. For more than 30 years BASH has hosted several successful community events, which are now annual projects. The current roster of officers includes: Renee Mack, president; Willa McNeese, vice president; Waverly Nesmith, treasurer; Debra Hakeem, recording secretary; and Sheila McCollum,corresponding secretary.

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