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Many "step out" for fashion show

Delicate Rose Image Consultant hosted the first annual Stepping Out for the American Heart Association fashion show Aug. 9 at the Double Tree Hotel in East Syracuse. The show was held to raise awareness and funds for heart disease and stroke.

"My mother passed away of a stroke one year ago this month, so the fashion show is in honor of her, and everyone here that has been affected by heart disease," said Elizabeth Allbright of Liverpool, and owner of Delicate Rose Image Consultant. "After my mother's funeral, I decided I wanted to do something positive in light of the situation. At first I wanted to volunteer, but my schedule got very busy, so I thought it would be a good idea to combine my professional work as a fashion consultant with raising awareness for heart disease and stroke, and here we are."

The show began at 6 p.m. and featured attire from local designers and boutiques, including Lisa Butler Inspired Wedding Designs, Heidi's Boutique, and Spybaby Bridal. Men's vintage clothing from Alley Ascot Respectable Attire and accessories by Alexander Han were also modeled during the show.

"This is such great event for a good cause," said designer Lisa Butler. "It also hits close to home for me, so I was more than happy to help when Liz contacted me to be in the show."

Butler's mother had a heart attack at the age of 80, and her father passed away from heart disease.

"Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States, so this event is all about raising awareness," Allbright said. "I'm hoping people become more aware of their family medical history before it's too late."

All proceeds raised through ticket sales and raffles will be donated to the American Heart Association.

"After tonight's success, I'd definitely like to make this fashion show an annual event," Allbright said.

Caitlin Donnelly is an intern majoring in journalism at Syracuse University.

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