North County Outlook - Community newspaper serving Marysville, Arlington, Tulalip, Smokey Point, Lakewood

Fashion Show raises funds for scholarships


Christopher Andersson

Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring, right, thanks Donna Leifer for supporting the annual fashion show for many years. Leifer plans to retire at the end of the 2018 wedding season.

Local community members showed off a variety of clothes at the Strawberry Festival's annual Fashion Show on June 12.

The luncheon helps fund the scholarships that Maryfest provides to the Strawberry Festival kings and queens.

"It's more than just a fashion show because the money we raise today goes to the Royalty Memorial Scholarship Fund," said Jesica Stickles, announcer for the event and president/CEO of the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce.

Community members come out and modeled a variety of styles of clothing provided by local businesses including Wrenhaven, JC Penny, Hilton Pharmacy and Coastal Farm.

The models said they enjoy being a part of the show.

"For me, it's just fun to see everybody laughing and having a good time. I think it's part of the community and helps instill that strong community spirit," said Arturo Maldonado, one of this year's models and a local American Family Insurance agent.

Mary Kirkland, one of this year's models and owner of Hilton Pharmacy, has been a model for three shows now.

"It's always fun to be with the models," she said. "Everybody models and helps set up the tables, and it's a very fun event that brings people to a different venue for the parade week."

This year saw the event return to Leifer Manor where it had been held for a number of years.

"People just love it at the Leifer Manor and unfortunately this looks like the last year we will be able to hold it there," said Leslie Buell, who helped the North County Outlook organize the event.

Donna Leifer, who has run the local wedding venue for many years, will be retiring at the end of the 2018 season.

"We want to thank her for the many years of supporting this event," said Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring, who also presented Leifer with a bouquet of flowers.

For next year they are considering venues like Bleachers Bar and Grill which would have more space and could accommodate an event a little later in the afternoon, said Buell.

Buell also wanted to thank Mary Kirkland and Janet Wicklund McAllister who helped set up the event.


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