Fashion / Shopping

The Salvation Army’s Chic Boutique Raises Major Money for Impactful Dallas Causes

Shopping, Stylish People Watching and Difference Making are on the Agenda

BY // 07.03.19
photography Dana Driensky, Daniel Driensky

Ask some of Dallas’ most well-heeled ladies what they do with the designer pieces in their wardrobes once the new season requires a closet refresh and they’ll give you a rather benevolent answer: The Salvation Army.

But it isn’t just The Salvation Army’s famous resale shops that reap the benefits of the city’s most tony closets. Instead, a heap of the most fashionable — and most high fashion — pieces are held for sale at the Chic Boutique during The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary’s Fashion Show & Luncheon.

It is here that one can find new and gently worn pieces from the likes of Chanel, Roberto Cavalli, Carolina Herrera, Escada, Diane Von Furstenberg, and more. There are also often garments donated from Dallas’ most beloved retailers, from Tootsies and Neiman Marcus to Forty Five Ten.

Such was the modish scene at this year’s event, held at the Winspear Opera House. The afternoon is almost a full-day affair, starting mid-morning with shopping, followed by a fashion show held on the Winspear stage, only to be capped off by lunch in the lobby.

No doubt, the spring event is a hot ticket — if not for the draw of great shopping and a megawatt fashion show then for its history of raising millions of dollars for The Salvation Army’s myriad programs and services. In the 27 years that The Women’s Auxiliary has been giving back, more than $10.5 million has been raised. And this year, the Fashion Show & Luncheon upped the total by a cool half million, a portion of which would be donated to The Salvation Army’s Domestic Violence Programs.

This year’s event, like so many others, proved the perfect spot for stylish people watching.

Luncheon chair Elizabeth Gambrell and honorary chair Jacquelyn Fojtasek (a dynamite duo on the philanthropic scene) pulled in a golden crowd that included former First Lady Laura Bush (a longtime Salvation Army supporter and attendee of this very luncheon); Women’s Auxiliary president, Deborah Budge; fashion show producer extraordinaire, Jan Strimple; The Salvation Army DFW commanders Barbara and Jonathan Rich; the Margot Perot Service Award recipient Gina Jones; and boldfaced names such as Ellen Winspear, Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, Kelli Ford, Peggy Sewell, Lisa Cooley, Pat McEvoy, Shelle Sills, and Kim Hext.

As we clear out any signs of winter, spring or fall from our closets in preparation for summer’s heat, might we recommend you put much of your designer duds aside for next year’s luncheon? We can think of nothing more chic than that.

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