Fashion show to benefit LUNGevity

By: Elizabeth Scussel | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published February 19, 2014


BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD HILLS — This weekend, a Bloomfield Hills High School sophomore is teaming up with local businesses to raise money and awareness for the LUNGevity Foundation, a lung cancer research organization that helps improve the lives of people with lung cancer through research, early detection and treatment.

Tess Garcia, a sophomore at Bloomfield Hills High School, along with several Birmingham retailers, will present a charity fashion show and silent auction.

The Breathe Deep Fashion Show will begin at 3 p.m. Feb. 22 in the main ballroom of The Community House, located at 380 S. Bates St. in Birmingham. All proceeds will benefit the LUNGevity Foundation.

The show will feature local students adorned in apparel from several Birmingham retailers, including Dbl Up, Francesca’s, J. Mclaughlin, Lola B., Lyudviga Couture, President Tuxedo, Rococo and Roots.

“My grandma inspired me to create the Breathe Deep Fashion Show,” Garcia said. “She died of stage four lung cancer last October, though she’d never smoked. I want to use the fashion show not only to raise money for Breathe Deep Michigan, but also to raise awareness. I hope to show people how prevalent lung cancer really is for both smokers and nonsmokers.”

Garcia discovered LUNGevity from the Breathe Deep Michigan 5k, a walk that her grandmother participated in yearly, and she wanted to donate to a charity that her grandmother felt passionate about.

“When Tess came to me with the idea of a fashion show, I was absolutely blown away. Her dedication and determination are what make organizations like LUNGevity successful, and I am so excited to watch this event flourish,” said Katie Avesian, former Breathe Deep Michigan volunteer event coordinator. “Since LUNGevity’s Breathe Deep Michigan 5k Walk debut nearly six years ago, we have worked to raise over $330,000 to fund lung cancer research and awareness.”

Fashion Show tickets at the door are $10 for adults, and $5 for students and children ages 10 and younger. Advance tickets are $5 and can be purchased at All donations will benefit the LUNGevity Foundation.

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