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THE BUTTERFLY WISHES MODELS (Photos by Debbie Norrell)

THE BUTTERFLY WISHES MODELS (Photos by Debbie Norrell)

On May 14, at the Doubletree Monroeville Convention Center Butterfly Wishes presented their Seventh Annual Fashion Show and Dinner to nearly 500 fashion minded people. It has been reported that some guests wait for this show each year. They love to shop with the vendors who bring fabulous hats out of Ohio, beautiful one of a-kind-fashions from all over the world and unique jewelry from Denise Raiford and Butterfly Wishes.

Once again Lesely Crawford served as commentator to the multiple scene style show: casual, church, a taste of Africa, after five, a showcase of Butterfly Wishes jewelry and a grand finale featuring all models in white ensembles. This year there was an added attraction, Patty LaBelle impersonator, Shelley LaVelle. She nailed the moves and look of Patty as she lip-synced a few of Patty LaBelle’s most popular songs.

The creator of Butterfly Wishes, Denise Raiford said the show began in the Homewood Library Auditorium and now it has gone to a large venue in Monroeville. Each year Butterfly Wishes gives back to organizations who have made a difference in the community who reach out and help others. This year’s recipient was The Center for Spirituality where Gina Hickman is the executive director. The mission statement of the center says they respond to the needs of people suffering from addiction by fostering the spiritual process of the twelve-step program. They provide services that will nurture ongoing healing and growth and collaborate with other stakeholders in the broader community.

The 2016 Butterfly Wishes models included: Edward Raiford, Denisha Raiford, Kenya Owens, Elizabeth Hillard, Reverend Katrina Organ, Charles Pollard, Cynthia Davison, Hazel Jackson, Marytteta Johnson, Harold Jackson, Monica Jackson, Mark Rozier and Lori Brown.


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