Ridgefield 'Rules the Runway' for Ann's Place

On Thursday April 26, Audrey Road and ARkids presented a wide array of trending spring outfits at the 2018 Fashion At Its Finest show to benefit Ann’s Place at the Ridgefield Playhouse. The event raised an amazing $105,000 to help local residents facing cancer. The evening was hosted by Christine O’Leary with lots of laughs and fun for all.

"It was a perfect evening of fabulous fashions from Audrey Road and ARkids, hilarious fun with comedian and host Christine O'Leary and the most generous audience donating to Ann's Place,” said Peggy Marconi of Neumann Real Estate, and Fashion Show Event Chair.

Hair and make-up were provided by talented staff from Adam Broderick and photography was provided by Ann Charles Photography.

“Ana and I enjoyed every minute working on the committee to being back stage at the runway show,” said Danielle Verrilli, Owner of Audrey Road and Co-Owner of ARkids. “All the models came out with so much energy – it was inspiring – we can’t wait to do it again next year!”

Audrey Road and ARkids, with the help of Hutton’s Fine Men’s Wear, outfitted 34 local men, women and children who modeled at the event. Models exceeded all goals by raising $42,500 through personalized online donation pages leading up to the event. This dynamic team included Kim Bishop, Liam Bishop, Brooke Blake, Maddie Blake, Riley Blake, Jen Conciatore, Cora Diamond, Katie Diamond, Rosie Diamond, Jennifer Dineen, Alex Fischetti, Elizabeth Gallo, Zoe Garbus, Dawn Grabover, Amanda Grose, Emily Haughney, PJ James, Ariel Langberg, Juliette Langberg, Rachel Langberg,Shira Langberg, Jessica Mancini, Lauren Messina, Anna O’Rourke, Trish Shantz, Glenn Shepard, Paige Shepard, Julia Signorelli, Pamela Simenou, Anne Stauff, Lyla Stubbe, Annalisa Verrilli, Mia Verrilli, and Christine Wohl.

“Helping lead this fundraiser was incredibly inspiring. From the sponsors to the models, everyone worked so hard to make sure people with cancer get the support they need,” said Ana Signorelli, Co-Owner of ARkids.

Chefs Warehouse was the presenting sponsorship for the evening. Other generous sponsors included Fairfield County Bank, The Bishop Family, Audrey Road, ARkids, John and Lori Berisford, Kevin and Elaine Cox, Michele Gay, The Grose Family, Wilda Hayes and Ron Olsen, Peggy Marconi, Adam Broderick, R. Webb Painting, Savings Bank of Danbury, Aries Data Collections, Union Savings Bank, Susan Blumenthal and Steven Silver, Anna and Bill O’Rourke, Marita McDonough and Neumann Real Estate.

“This event exceeded all of our goals,” said Shannon Cobb, President and CEO of Ann’s Place. “Thanks to the generosity of the models, sponsors and supporters we will be able to provide over 105 people with a full year of services absolutely for free.”

Ann’s Place provides help and hope to those living with cancer and their loved ones. The clinical social workers, facilitators and wellness experts provide a host of services aimed at improving quality of life during and after cancer. Ann’s Place relies on the generosity of donors to be able to continue providing these services free of charge. For more information visit www.annsplace.org or call 203-790-6568.