Shine on: More than 430 pack annual Pilot Club of Cullman Fashion Show and Luncheon

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Cullman County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Trevor Clemmons models a suit at Wednesday’s Pilot Club of Cullman Fashion Show and Luncheon. Clemmons was one of several area law enforcement officers who participated in the show for the nonprofit. (Nick Griffin for The Tribune)

CULLMAN – The 26th annual Pilot Club of Cullman Fashion Show and Luncheon packed out the Cullman Civic Center Wednesday with more than 430 guests coming to enjoy lunch, show and local vendors. The yearly show also celebrates Administrative Professionals’ Day.

“Material Girl” was this year’s theme, and wares from 11 different local shops were modeled, some by local law enforcement. The shops included Jennifer’s Treasures, Better than Before, Belk, Dixie Duds and Décor, Options, Tre Bellezze, MoMo She 103, Sweetheart Tree, Younique Sophistication, Be Blessed Boutique and Mr. Hick’s Menswear. Pilot Club member and local State Farm agent Katherine Morgan served as this year’s master of ceremonies.

The fashion show is one of several fundraisers that benefit Pilot Club projects. The organization supports the local Pilot Light House, an emergency harbor for abused children, helps support the Field of Miracles and gives to Project Lifesaver which provides bracelets equipped with a transmitter that locates patients with brain disorders such as dementia in the event that they become lost or separated from their families.

Co-chair of this year’s event, and Pilot Club member, Peggy Harris gave a quick breakdown of what the Pilot Club does and who they are able to help with the funds from the show.

“This is the 26th annual fashion show that the Pilot Club in Cullman does as a fundraiser. We raise the funds and work really hard to raise money, so we can turn around and give it back to the community. Our first and foremost project is supporting the Pilot Light House and then we brought in Project Lifesaver about 10 years ago and we support that pretty well. Our agencies and our charities that have to do with the developmentally disabled, physically or mentally, we support those and their activities as well. I guess this is the longest-running fundraiser that we have, and everybody just always looks forward to it.”

Wednesday’s event might have been one of the most anticipated shows that the Pilot Club has put on. According to Harris, this fashion show may have sold out faster than any that has come before it.

“We have local merchants that agree to have their clothes modeled and other local merchants or vendors selling their things. Right now, I think we have 49 or 50 Pilots here, so it takes a lot of people to do this, not just today but leading up to today, too. We probably ran out of tickets earlier than we ever have. I think our count on meals was 484, about 60 or so are working so about 432 is where we are with the seating.”

Learn more about the Pilot Club of Cullman at www.facebook.com/cullmanpilotclub.

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