Santa’s Slay set for CAP Center

Published 10:08 am Monday, December 5, 2016

The Vicksburg Child and Parent Center is taking the holiday to remind the community of the need to support and protect Vicksburg’s youngest citizens.

The CAP Center is presenting a fashion show, comedy and music filled fundraiser called Santa’s Slay starting at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Bluff, 1509 Washington St.

“It is very important that the community join us in our efforts through the fundraisers and many of them do by donating their time and resources,” executive director Erma Driver said. “We know that we can depend on the community. They’ve done it for 30 years, and we’re looking to them again.”

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The event will start with a cocktail hour, appetizers and a silent auction with donated items including artwork, jewelry, weekend stays, specialty cakes, gift certificates and other gifts and services. Guest will also have the opportunity at the event to have photos taken by a professional fashion photographer.

“They’ll be able to do that for a small fee,” Driver said. “He will pose them and make it look fashion professional. That’s going to be really fun.”

At 8 p.m., the fashion show is set to begin. Driver said Miss Vicksburg Ann Elizabeth Buys along with professional models will take the runway wearing clothing donated by boutiques from Vicksburg and Jackson in the fashion show. The fashions presented will range from casual to formal and even avant-garde.

Driver said some of the boutiques will have the clothing from the fashion show available for purchase the night of the event. In addition to being a fundraiser for the center, she said she also wants to promote small, local businesses through the event.

“It’s supporting Vicksburg as a whole,” Driver said. “We also want people to come and support these boutiques that represent small business in Vicksburg.”

During the show’s intermission, two comedians will perform to keep the entertainment going. Plus, festive holiday music will be provided during the event to make the night merry and bright.

Fundraisers like this are important to keep the center operating. Driver said the CAP Center is the only agency in Warren County established to combat child abuse and neglect and it is the second oldest court appointed child advocate program in Mississippi.

“Right now state funding and federal funding has been shifted and reallocated to other areas,” Driver said. “We depend on the community to help us.”

Tickets are $35. To volunteer, donate or purchase tickets, call 601-634-0557.

The CAP Center’s next fundraiser will be a luncheon at Hinds Community College Feb. 24.