The Earl Smith Strand Theatre and Town Center at Cobb have scouted models from Cobb County to participate in the second annual Role Models Fashion Show on Thursday, October 14 at 7 PM.

“This fundraiser is an opportunity to highlight professionals who are actively involved and make a difference in the community,” said Earl Reece, executive director for the Strand. “A change this year is that both male and female role models will be featured.”

The “Role Models” will feature the latest fashions from Town Center at Cobb shops including GAP, JCPenney, The Limited, Macy’s, New York & Company, Pixie’s Fashion Closet, and Sears. In addition to do-gooders and fashion, the show will also include live entertainment produced by Cassi Costoulas, Strand front of house manager. Tickets are general admission and are $15. After the show, the audience will be invited to the top level event space and rooftop terrace to mix and mingle with the models and enjoy music and a cash bar.

“We’re looking forward to outfitting these exemplary men and women in some of the season’s top fashions,” said Shelly Weidner, Town Center at Cobb director of marketing & business development. “It’s an honor to come together with members of the Cobb County community in support of this iconic theatre.”

Last year, nearly $4,000 was raised from the show and organizers hope to raise a similar amount this year.

The fresh faced models that will walk The Strand’s stage for the first time this year include Debbie Abernathy, Claire Brogden, Katy Ruth Camp, Pat Chilton, Ashley Hosey, Steve Imler, Chris James, Margaret Kelly, Dawn McEachern, Mazi Mazloom, Maureen Nipaver, Bert Reeves, and Dr. Mike Tenoschok. Veteran models who participated in the inaugural event in 2009 include Cassandra Buckalew, Debbie Butler, Sherry King Castellanos, Dr. Liz Cole, Holly Comer, Joni House, Claire Dunaway, Dot Dunaway, Kim Gresh, Ashley Hungerford, Carol Ann King, Fran Kirby, Sally Macaulay, Cindy Mora, Bonnie Buckner Reavis, Jan Galt Russell, Mary Lou Stephens, Ann Teh, Dianne Weeks, Shelly Weidner, and Judge Kelli Wolk.

The Strand and Town Center at Cobb invited the community to get involved with the Role Models Fashion Show and nominate a role model to hit the runway. Using a blind voting system, Maureen Nipaver and Dr. Mike Tenoschok were nominated by the community and chosen to walk in the show. Nipaver is the Financial Development Director for Metro Atlanta YMCA and is active in the Cobb Chamber. Maureen has served the community by establishing community service programs for the YMCA in Cobb County. Tenoschok is the Physical Education Director at Mount Paran Christian School. Named Cobb County PE/Heath Teacher of the Year, Tenoschok has also been recognized as Cobb County School District Teacher of the Year; American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance National Teacher of the Year; and Red Cross National Volunteer of the Year.

The historic Earl Smith Strand Theatre is a multi-use performing arts and events facility. The theatre is governed by the Friends of The Strand, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and depends on the financial support of private and corporate donors. It is The Strand’s mission to serve the community with cultural entertainment for a diverse audience and to promote economic health in the City of Marietta and Cobb County. For more information or tickets, call the Box Office at 770-293-0080 or 117 North Park Square, Marietta, 30060. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 12 PM; 1 PM to 4 PM; and two hours before the show.

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