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September 18, 2013

See fall fashion, items made in Michigan

By Terry Oparka
C & G Staff Writer

Couldn’t make it to New York Fashion Week?

See the latest in fall fashions and items made in Michigan when Couture Internationale Fashion Shows of Troy partners with Neiman Marcus for an event to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Troy 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Somerset Inn in Troy. 

Jill Zikakis, owner of Couture Internationale, used to sit on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Troy.

“They needed help with a fundraiser, and I still help them out whenever I can,” she said. “I called Neiman Marcus, and they were happy to do it.”

“This is a wonderful event to support our local community,” said Lindsey Machacek, public relations manager for Neiman Marcus, in a press release.

Professional models and local celebrities will don the latest fall fashion and walk the runway.

There will also be vendors selling art and items made in Michigan, and a silent and live auction of memorabilia of former Detroit Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman.

The event includes lunch, and all proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Troy.

Jeff Evans, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Troy, said memberships at the club ”sold out” this past summer.

“Not only did we sell out, but kids were coming more often,” he said.

“We had over 300 kids a day,” he said.

He noted that the number of kids who attended the club more than three times each week increased by 15 percent from last year.

He said the staff kept things interesting this summer with themed days such as Slip and Slide Day, Pirate Day and Hawaiian Day.

Evans said the Troy facility does not receive any funding from the United Way, the state, or the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

“Our mission is to provide a safe, affordable place for young people to learn and grow,” Evans said.

He noted that membership during the school year costs $60.

“We want to keep it affordable. That’s where the fundraisers come in — to offset expenses.”

Forgotten Harvest will be onsite to accept donations of nonperishable food items at the event.

Ticket prices are $75 and $100, and corporate sponsorships and silent auction items are being accepted. For tickets, call  Zikakis at (248) 528-1919 or the Boys & Girls Club of Troy at (248) 689-1687. For more information about the Boys & Girls Club, visit  www.bgctroy.org.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Terry Oparka at toparka@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1054.