Cherish, A Glamorous Evening of Fashion and Philanthropy, is a creative collaboration between Dance Victoria and the Victoria Women’s Transition House. The popular fundraiser, set for Oct. 4 at the Fairmont Empress Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom, has already sold out. dancevictoria.com

Cherish: dance, fashion and philanthropy

Oct. 4 fundraiser a collaboration between Dance Victoria and Victoria Women’s Transition House

Monique Salez

Monday Magazine contributor

You can expect an elevated fashion show when Cherish: A Glamorous Evening of Fashion and Philanthropy takes the clothes for a spin on the dance floor Oct. 4.

Sixteen dancers from diverse genres are set to groove down the runway in swag by Tulipe Noir, Hughs Clothing and Outlooks for Men, with hair and make-up by Carreiro Studio.

This latest incarnation of Cherish is a collaboration between Dance Victoria and Victoria Women’s Transition House, who found each other via Susan Howard, a board member with the former and the development director for the latter organization.

“We both love the collaboration and the fun of the event,” Howard says. “We think that an event like Cherish with two organizations – human services partnering with a performing arts organization – is reflective of a healthy community that values both social supports for vulnerable individuals, and cultural enrichment through the beauty of dance.”

Stephen White, producer of Dance Victoria, acknowledged the behind-the-scenes work being done to pull this fundraiser off.

“The community that comes together to create this event, even before the night of, is awesome,” he says.

Among those working to bring the event to fruition are the tireless Kari McKlay of Tulipe Noir, who planted the seed of having dancers as models; Lynda Raino, who suggested they dance down the runway and is organizing the talent; and Kirsty Thomson at Willow Wealth Management of Raymond James, who provided the financial commitment.

Last year’s sold-out event at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel was such a blast they have moved to the Crystal Ballroom at the Empress. Canape’s in the Palm Court anyone? Well, actually, only for those who already have their tickets because spoiler alert … this year is already sold out!

The good news is you can still donate to both of these generous local organizations. And in case you want to be that person in the hall who just happens to be walking the cushy carpets of The Empress to get a peek at the party, it happens Oct. 4 at 6:45 p.m.

Dance VictoriaVictoria Women's Transition House

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Victoria art gallery provides Open Space in an online way

View Chantal Gibson’s recent show on the web, hear Indigenous stories on Instagram starting Sunday

Victoria brewery throws support behind still-operating restaurants

Vancouver Island Brewing initiates #TakeOutTuesday to keep local eateries in the public eye

LIVE MUSIC: Artist in Residence reaching into the community

Kathryn Calder to perform livestream show on YouTube channel this Friday, April 3

Victoria vocalist Maria Manna reaches out to hard-hit Italy with special online song

Jazz singer to perform ‘Hymn to Freedom’ with Italian lyrics on Facebook at 2 p.m. Monday

Royal BC Museum joins home education trend for outreach programs

Free webinar options available for RBCM@Home and kids’ programs, starting March 31

Hip tradition sing-along planned again for Canadians April 2

The Tragically Hip’s Paul Langlois is encouraging all to join him virtually in a’Porch Session.’

Vancouver Island musicians in quarantine thank neighbours with backyard performance

Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra director Karl Rainer and his sons play for those in self-isolation

Order of Canada Vancouver Island musician pens ‘The Ballad of Bonnie Henry’

Qualicum Beach lawyer and saxophonist Phil Dwyer notes health officer has become a ‘folk hero’

Campbell River journalist launches Isolationpalooza II

Featuring all local musicians, a volunteer virtual concert, of sorts

6.5-magnitude earthquake in Idaho shakes B.C. Interior

An earthquake was reportedly felt just before 5 p.m. throughout the Okanagan

Most Read