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2014 runway to the cure
story by Audrey Hanes, photo by Amy Long

2014 Runway Models:

Judy Kemp Jonesboro • Just Finished Treatment • 1st Runway
Jones New York floral linen tunic layered over a solid orange tee,
Intro white capris.

GladyS Woodruff Jonesboro • 10-Year Survivor • 1st Runway
Ruby Road jewel green tank, Ruby Road pink crinkle jacket,
Ruby Road multi-colored mid-length skirt.

Dana Hayes Jonesboro • 1-year Survivor •1st Runway
Ralph Lauren striped boat neck top, Ralph Lauren green cotton-silk work shirt,
Ralph Lauren white stretch cotton-twill pants.

Catherine Risch Jonesboro • 2-year Survivor •1st Runway
Gianni Binni hot pink dress, Collections multi-colored scarf, Anna and Ava bangles.

Felicia Parks Jonesboro • 1-year Survivor •1st Runway
Bryn Walker washable linen tunic, Bryn Walker rose wrap scarf, Bryn Walker rose-colored travel pants.

Styling by Dillard’s Fashion Committee members Luisa Kidd, Linda Frazier, Valerie Cook, Rhonda Thielemier, Lisette Alonzo and Julie Geha

Models Not Pictured: Marta Stoneman, Donna Massey, Earline Hendrix and Kerri Cooper

Runway to the Cure Fashion Show and Dinner, now in its eighth year, has
become a celebrated annual event for many local breast cancer survivors who
use the runway to raise awareness for the deadly disease and money for the
Arkansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Several stylists from Dillard’s – part of a fashion-forward group known simply as
“The Committee” – work with area breast cancer survivors in the weeks leading up to the runway show to tailor stylish looks that give each woman confidence.
“I’m blessed to be a part of the fashion committee, which allows me to participate in outside events representing Dillard’s to our community,” said store secretary Julie Geha, who has been with Dillard’s for seven years.

“Each year I look forward to this particular event; it is a blessing to hear the stories of triumph and strength in so many woman. Having witnessed firsthand a close family member overcome all the obstacles and watch their unwavering perseverance to truly fight, not only for herself but out of love for those supporting her, (was) nothing short of life altering. … “So this (is) not only a time to get the latest trends in fashion and raise money for a great cause, but it is sincerely a celebration of life.”

For the Occasions photo shoot, five of the breast cancer survivors who will be walking in the event showcased a variety of stylish spring looks from Dillard’s.
“We wanted to dress the survivors in spring colors with pale pink as the statement,” said Geha. “We chose to incorporate shades of bright yellow and lime green to showcase our new spring fashion merchandise, especially after such a long winter.”

Geha says that participating in Runway to the Cure is something that Dillard’s and The Committee look forward to each year because they get to work so closely with the survivors and hear their stories. “Dillard’s has participated in Runway for the Cure for eight years,” she said. “Every year our involvement has continuously inspired all of our employees who have the privilege in participating.”

The 2014 Runway to the Cure Fashion Show and Dinner will be held on May 29 at St. Bernards Auditorium, located at 505 E. Washington Ave. Doors open at 5 p.m. for dinner, and the fashion show will begin at 6:15 p.m. The event is sponsored by St. Bernards Healthcare, Dillard’s and Occasions Publishing Group; all proceeds from the event benefit the Arkansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Tickets are $25 each or $160 for a table of eight and may be purchased at the St. Bernards Development Foundation office, located at 400 East Street, or online at stbernardsfoundation.org. Tickets may also be reserved by calling 207-2500.