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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-18-2018

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8 CELEBRATIONS / ENTERTAINMENT OCTOBER 17-23, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION mances, musicians and danc- ers, even those that do not enjoy fashion will be enter- tained during the evening. Sekoni, a self-proclaimed "eternal optimist," said she hopes people come with an open mind to the fashion show, and enjoy the impar- tial platform of fashion. Representing pieces that would appeal to a variety of people, Sekoni said some lines are "trendy, funky and fresh," or "eco-chic," while others show athleisure wear or children's clothing. "This is basically for every- one. It's about expanding awareness to what's out there in fashion," Sekoni said. Some people feel intimidat- ed or outdated when it comes to fashion trends and avoid boutiques or high-end shops. Sekoni said she created Fashion Week RI to expose people to the creative design- ers and clothing available at stores across the state. "It brings the boutiques out past the four walls, out of the brick and mortar, and presented to the public in an entertaining way," Sekoni said. Bringing the community together while raising funds for local charities is what makes the event a win-win for all those involved, she said. The designer's work is seen, the models are work- ing, and performers are given a chance to perform. "This is a communal effort to support local causes," Sekoni said. Each night, between four- to-six designers showing approximately a dozen pieces each will run the catwalk. In total, Sekoni hired 120 mod- els for the event. "There are people in our neighborhood that are talent- ed and want to be recognized for their work and creations. This is the local platform to do that," she said. Sekoni said her agency, which she modeled for until she took over ownership in 2010, was looking to add philanthropy to the busi- ness. Portions of ticket sales will be donated to featured nonprofits. "I wanted our company to be a good, responsible corporate citizen, and used our skill sets in fashion as a platform for giving back," Sekoni said. This year, Sekoni is defer- ring charity selection to the Quinn family who owns the Tucker-Quinn funeral home and the chapel next-door, at 643 Putnam Pike, where Fashion Week will be held. No, the fashion show is not being held in a funeral home. Rather, the Tucker-Quinn Chapel, a Victorian home the Quinns decided to preserve for historical integrity, will house this season's fashion show. Sekoni said she chose Greenville for its beauty, and the building for its historic appeal. Traveling to a dif- ferent location is what sets Fashion Week RI apart from other cities, where it returns to the same location every year. "We select cool and unique places to gather interest in the area," she said. "My hope is that other areas will reach out and ask when we will come to their neck of the woods." Waiting to experience the clothing line unveiling at the same time as the attendants, Sekoni said she does not pre- view clothing lines before the show. "I like to be wowed, too," Sekoni said. If a piece of clothing catch- es a guests eye, information about the designer and where to purchase the item will be available as well. A cash bar and clothing vendors will be at the event. The Friday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20, shows begin at 6 p.m., and the Sunday, Oct. 21, show begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $33 in advance, and $53 for VIPs with front row seating, com- plimentary drinks, and a goodie bag. Three-day season passes are available as well. For more information or tick- ets for the event, visit www. fashionweekri.com . FASHION From Page One SEKONI Mr. and Mrs. Leone celebrate their golden anniversary SMITHFIELD – Nicholas and Elena Leone celebrated their 50th wedding anni- versary on Oct. 12. The couple were married on Oct. 12, 1968, at Holy Ghost Church, Providence. Mrs. Leone is the former Elena Silvestri. Mr. and Mrs. Leone are the parents of Karen Jones and her husband, Richard, of East Greenwhich; Nicholas Leone Jr. of Port Richey, Fla.; and Lynn Gulino and her husband, Joseph, of Greenville. They are the grandparents of Valerie, Jake and Nicholas. Mr. Leone is a longtime member of the Apple Blossom Garden Club. Nicholas is the retired co-owner of Nick's Auto Body in Providence. The couple enjoys spending time with their family. ANNIVERSARY MANCHESTER, Conn. – Steven and Hannah ( Joudrey) Kitson announce the birth of a son, BRENNAN JASON KITSON, on Aug. 3, at Manchester Memorial Hospital. Brennan weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces. He is the grandson of Jason and Dawn Joudrey of Glocester, and Kevin and Lisa Kitson also of Glocester. He has a fur brother, Jaxson Kitson. BURRILLVILLE – Stephanie Amato and Kevin Brock Tatro Jr. announce the birth of a son, KEVIN BROCK TATRO III, on Sept. 25, at Landmark Medical Center. Kevin weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces. He is the grandson of Lori and Wes Amato and Shelly and Kevin Tatro. He is the little brother of Alexis Miller and Jenessa Tatro. FRANKLIN, Mass. – Kelsey (Butler) Scanlan announce the birth of a daughter, ISABEL THERESA SCANLAN, on Sept. 16, at Landmark Medical Center. Isabel weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces. She is the grand- daughter of Al and Paulette Butler of North Smithfield, and Thomas and Theresa Scanlan of Bellingham, Mass. BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS Do you like to read The Valley Breeze & Observer? Then please shop with our advertisers, and tell them 'I saw it in The Breeze!'

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