SCBDD plans fashion show

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

SIDNEY — Jessica Guillozet has been on the job as the community connections facilitator of the Community First department of Shelby County Board of Developmental Disabilities (SCBDD) for just five months, but that hasn't stopped her from organizing a big project to build awareness of the agency and the people it serves.

Guillozet has planned a fashion show, free and open to the public, Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. in Community First offices in the former Lowell Elementary School building, 702 S. Main Ave.

The show will feature 24 models, including individuals who are served by SCBDD and local celebrities. Among them are Shelby County Commissioner Julie Ehemann, Shelby County Historical Society Director Tilda Phlipot, Raise the Roof Director Sarah Barr, SCBDD Superintendent Laura Zureich and the Rev. Eileen Hix, pastor of the Sidney First United Methodist Church. In addition, Blaine O'Leary, an SCBDD advocacy specialist, will show off a man's suit as he assists with ushering and greeting attendees.

The women will model business and dressy fashions provided by Peebles. Upper Valley Career Center students will style the models' hair and make-up.

“I want the models to feel beautiful, and I want to see a smile on their faces,” Guillozet said. “And it's something fun for the community, to create community awareness.”

In addition to the fashion show, attendees will enjoy refreshments, and door prizes will be awarded. The following vendors will also be there, selling their products: Mary Kay Cosmetics, Spirit and Hands Art Studio, Perfectly Posh, The Studio, Twisted Sisters, Scentsy, Sarah Clark Photography, Origami Owl, Jamboree Nails, Primitive Peddler, Tastefully Simple, 31 Handbags, Bows by Misty, It Works, Gallery2Ten, Little Rabbotts and Young Living Essential Oils.

Guillozet expects the fashion show to last about 45 minutes, but socializing and shopping will continue for up to two hours. Men as well as women are welcome to attend.

“They may find something for their sweetie for Valentine's Day,” Guillozet said.