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Fashion steps out at Merrehope

By Staff
SPONSORS Representing some of the businesses sponsoring the fashion show at Merrehope Monday are, from left, Julie Culpepper of Loeb's, Valerie Alvarez of Le-Maxim Salon and Monica Graham of Panache Shoes. Photo by Steve Swogetinsky/The Meridian Star
By Steve Swogetinsky/The Meridian Star
Nov. 11, 2001
Giving something back to her new hometown was Valerie Alvarez's plan when she came up with the idea to host a hairstyle and fashion show to benefit Merrehope and the Meridian Restorations Foundation.
Alvarez moved to Meridian to open her salon four years ago.
Last year's event raised nearly $1,000 for Merrehope, and Alvarez hopes to double that Monday. The hairstyle and fashion show will be held at Merrehope starting at 7 p.m.
Not only will the show raise money for Merrehope, Alvarez said, it will also raise awareness about the property and its continued restoration.
Along with Le-Maxim Salon, participating businesses include The Liberty Shop, Harry Mayer, Loeb's, Panache Shoes and the Bonnie Jean Shop.
A $10 donation will be requested at the door. There will be a door prize, and hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served.
This fund-raising event is appreciated by the Meridian Restorations Foundation, said board member and past president Betty Lou Jones.
Jones said last year's high utility bills put a lot of pressure on the foundation's finances.
Steve Swogetinsky is regional editor of The Meridian Star. Call him at 693-1551, ext. 3217, or e-mail him at