Fashion with Flair Silent Auction & Fashion Show, sponsored by the Clearwater Community Volunteers is the elite Fall Extravaganza which benefits local children’s charities and Winter Wonderland, the annual magical downtown Holiday Family Festival and toy and food drive.
On 17 September 2016 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, the Clearwater Community Volunteers will transform the auditorium of the beautiful, historic Fort Harrison in downtown Clearwater into a show featuring fashions from area boutiques. Models are a veritable “Who’s Who” of Tampa Bay. Since 2003, ladies of distinction who have graced the "Fashions with Flair" annual event have included: Hillsborough County School Board Member, Susan Valdes; Margaret Word-Burnside, publisher of Tampa Bay Magazine. former Pinellas County Commissioner Susan Latvala; Cat Coats, wife of former Pinellas County Sheriff Jim Coats; Linda and Julie Rice, wife and daughter of former Pinellas County Sheriff Everett Rice; and Dr. Linda McClintock, wife of 4-time mayor of Tampa, Mr. Dick Greco.
The event provides a gourmet luncheon and a silent auction with items donated by local businesses. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Pinellas Sheriff’s Police Athletic League, and The Leonard Johnson Foundation that helps kids through Football and Cheerleading Camps sponsored by NFL player Leonard Johnson and his mother, Schenique Harris. Proceeds also go to Winter Wonderland which is a 3-week Holiday Family Festival and toy and food drive for local charities.
Clearwater Community Volunteers has raised over $315,000 in the past 24 years for Tampa Bays’ Children’s Charities, including the Sheriff’s Youth Ranches, the Nourish to Flourish Foundation, Shriners Hospitals for Children Tampa and many, many more.
The Annual Fashions with Flair Fashion Show & Auction fundraiser was first held by the Clearwater Community Volunteers (CCV) in 2003 at the Belleair Country Club. In 2010 the show moved to the beautifully restored Fort Harrison owned by the Church of Scientology. Around 300-500 people attend each year from the greater Tampa Bay area. Their spectacular auction has something for everyone, including celebrity items, jewelry, baked goods, fine art, dinners at prestigious restaurants, a purebred puppy and many valuable gift certificates.
This year will be exceptional! Tickets/tables can be purchased by clicking this link: Fashions with Flair Tickets
Sheriff Jim Coats is a Fan of CCV!
I want to take this opportunity to tell you how much I appreciate your work and the efforts of the Clearwater Community Volunteers over the past few years. There are so many areas of our community that are so much better off because of your efforts.
As a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of the Suncoast, I want to commend you for your ambitious initiative to support the Clearwater Jasmine Courts Boys and Girls Club. The fashion show fundraiser that your group held was nothing less than spectacular. It truly was professional and enjoyable, and I can assure you that the funds raised were very beneficial to the children in our community.
I appreciate all that your group is engaged in, and I assure you that your support has not gone unnoticed.
James F. Coats, Sheriff (then Chief Deputy)
Pinellas County, Floria