FIT Fashion show raises $90K for families in need

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Pictured in “glam” attire are (l to r) Mayor Ted Gatsas, City of Manchester; Maureen Beauregard, President and Founder of Families in Transition; and Charlie Sherman, Executive Director of New Horizons.
Pictured in “glam” attire are (l to r) Mayor Ted Gatsas, City of Manchester; Maureen Beauregard, President and Founder of Families in Transition; and Charlie Sherman, Executive Director of New Horizons.

MANCHESTER, NH – Families in Transition (FIT), a Manchester, Concord, and Dover, NH, based homeless services provider, raised more than $90,000 at their I AM ONE Fashion Extravaganza event in Manchester on October 2, 2015. Money raised at the event will be used toward providing immediate shelter for families, nutritious meals, and therapeutic services for preschoolers, which are all services that will be provided at the organization’s soon-to-be completed emergency family shelter in Manchester.

“Our “I AM ONE” event was popular last year and so this year’s Fashion Extravaganza event was no different,” said FIT Founder and President, Maureen Beauregard. “One in four people who are homeless in Manchester is a child. There’s so much to be done to raise the awareness about this issue and the work that we are doing to help solve the problem. The community really came out today to support us.”

Pictured (l to r) Kriss Blevins, of Kriss Cosmetics and Sedra Michaelson of CCH, a Wolters Kluwer Business worked for months to plan a day-time fashion show in support of Families in Transitions new emergency family shelter and resource center.
Pictured (l to r) Kriss Blevins, of Kriss Cosmetics and Sedra Michaelson of CCH, a Wolters Kluwer Business worked for months to plan a day-time fashion show in support of Families in Transitions new emergency family shelter and resource center.

Featured at the event were local “celebrity” models who wore clothes that were donated by individuals and businesses. The clothing will be for sale at the organizations OutFITters Thrift Stores in Manchester and Concord, NH. FIT is currently building a new, larger, specifically designed emergency family shelter and resource center for homeless families on Lake Avenue in Manchester.

Sponsors of the event include: Binnie Media, Spectrum Marketing Companies, Intown Manchester, Comcast, Anagnost Companies, INSP, Coldwell Banker, Statement Boutique, Anthem Foundations & Social Responsibility, Catholic Medical Center, Dunkins DECK, Great Bridge Properties, and RBC Wealth Management.

Families in Transition is a nonprofit organization that provides safe, affordable housing and social services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, enabling them to gain self-sufficiency and respect. FIT also owns and operates two thrift stores in Manchester and Concord, NH which serve as economic engines to help pay for services that FIT provides. For more information about FIT, the shelter, the stores, and the event, visit www.fitnh.org or call 603-641-9441.

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