Couture for the Cure Foundation is a fashion-forward fundraiser

By: Maria Allard | C&G Newspapers | Published November 9, 2018

 Former Warren resident and fashion designer Peytyn Herron, 10, who now lives in Troy, created the Couture for the Cure Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to raising money for families affected by childhood cancer.

Former Warren resident and fashion designer Peytyn Herron, 10, who now lives in Troy, created the Couture for the Cure Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to raising money for families affected by childhood cancer.

Photo provided by Lynne Burke

STERLING HEIGHTS/WARREN/TROY — Several years ago, when Erika Herron and her family, including daughter Peytyn Herron, lived in Warren, they became very good friends with the family next door.

As the families got to know each other, the neighbor’s daughter was diagnosed with brain cancer and died at age 13.

“She was very nice,” Peytyn said. “She (would) always play with me.”

“It was the worst thing we ever watched anyone go through,” Erika said. “We were neighbors that talked all the time.”

The Herrons, now residents of Troy, have never forgotten their friendly neighbors, and 10-year-old Peytyn has become an advocate who helps children with cancer.

Peytyn — a fifth-grade student at Leonard Elementary School in Troy — created the Couture for the Cure Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to raising money for families affected by childhood cancer. The foundation will host its second annual Couture for the Cure charity fashion show and vendor/craft expo Nov. 18 at the Wyndham Garden, 34911 Van Dyke Ave. in Sterling Heights.

Doors open at 3 p.m., with the show beginning at 5 p.m. Prior to the fashion show, attendees can explore a vendor expo, which opens at 10 a.m. and will include a silent auction and raffles. Money raised at the event will benefit families whose children are fighting cancer.

Last year’s Couture for the Cure Foundation fashion show raised more than $4,000. This year, Peytyn is expanding the event by adding the Miss St. Jude Michigan Pageant scheduled for Nov. 17 and 18. The pageant will include girls of various ages who will compete in interview, fun fashion and evening gown events.

Fashion is Peytyn’s passion. About two years ago, she sketched a dress on paper that her grandmother Lynne Burke sewed. When Peytyn wore the garment to a modeling shoot, another girl really liked the style. From there, Peytyn began designing dresses and Burke became the seamstress, also known as Peytyn’s “gram manager,” behind the Couture for the Cure Foundation. Peytyn, who is in the process of learning how to sew, also recruited her aunt Deb Chinowski to help make even more dresses.

“I love when I draw a dress,” Peytyn said. “I love seeing it come to life.”

Peytyn now has three clothing lines: Pageant Girl Designs, Bel Ange Couture and Bel Ange Couture Swimwear. Her designs have been showcased in Detroit, Miami, Chicago, Myrtle Beach, Concorde and New York Fashion Week. Plans are also underway to  showcase in Italy next summer.

There are several ticket prices to attend the fashion show, pageant or both Nov. 17-18. Ticket information can be accessed at www.coutureforthecurefoundation.com, as well as more information about the event.