Fashion Show Sept. 22 benefits Habitat for Humanity and Nease High School PTSO

The Palencia Club is hosting a charity fashion show and shopping event Thursday, Sept. 22, featuring four St. Augustine boutiques, vendors, appetizers, luxury raffle, and door prizes.
The money raised will be divided between the St. Johns County Habitat for Humanity and Allen D. Nease High School Parent, Teacher, Student Organization.
Co-chairs Susan Hermus and Donna Ruhsam, with assistance from Kathy Moss and Teri Rawitt, spent the summer working on the project. The club has done similar fashion shows in the past, but they stepped up plans.
“We really wanted to do something special for the community,” Hermus said. “This is our way of giving back.”
The fall event will feature clothing and accessories from Goldfinch, Fresh Produce, 360 Boutique, and H.W. Davis. Along with these stores, other vendors are scheduled to be on location: Garcia Institute, Market Street Boutique, Nettles Jewelry and Danzar.
Happy hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the fashion show 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. with 16 local models.
There will be one intermission. After the show, shopping will continue for another 30 minutes, ending at 9 p.m. Patrons will leave with a 15 percent off coupon from participating boutiques.
The $35 tickets will only be available online at and will be limited to 140. The price includes appetizers and one entry for door prizes. The odds are high to win, since there will be more than 40 available. The items include gifts or services for nail care, haircuts, dental whitening, jewelry, exercise classes, and restaurants.
“We are showcasing a lot of our Palencia businesses with our prizes. They’ve been so generous with their donations,” Ruhsam said.
Several luxury items will be offered during a separate drawing. Raffle tickets will be sold during the evening and attendees can buy as many chances as they’d like.
Attire for the evening is country club casual. A cash bar will be on site. You do not have to be a member of the club, or a member of the Nease PTSO, to buy a ticket.
If you cannot attend the event, but would like to make a donation to either charity, please send you check directly to Michele Oliver, 600 Palencia Club Dr., St. Augustine, Fla. 32095, noting your preference. Her phone number is 904-599-9040, ext. 3113.
Or for more information, contact Donna Ruhsam by email at [email protected].