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December 01, 2007 - MAX Fashion Show Benefits Volunteers of America's Brandon Center

What: Fashion Show

Where: Exdo Event Center 3500 Walnut St.

When: Saturday, December 1

Time: 9:30 p.m.

Beneficiary: Volunteers of America

EMCEE: Stephanie Riggs

Gala Chairperson(s): Cathy Gallion and Diane Jacobsen

President(s): Dianna Kunz

Auctioneer: Roger Sierens

Attire: Dressed to kill

Blacktie Photos by: Danielle Yuthas


 Max Martinez of MAX with manager and buyer Jill Vincent and fashion show coordinator Holl Kabacoff getting ready for the fashion show benefitting Volunteers of America
Max Martinez of MAX with manager and buyer Jill Vincent and fashion show coordinator Holl Kabacoff getting ready for the fashion show benefitting Volunteers of America

The Max fashion show Saturday was almost as colorful, sexy and edgy as the apparel it strutted. Cherry Creek North’s savvy designer Max Martinez partnered with Volunteers of America to host an en vogue evening at the Exdo event center at 3500 Walnut Street in Denver.

The crowd was “dressed to kill,” which ran the gamut from embroidered jeans to sequined mini-dresses for ladies and fedoras to leather pants for men. Anything goes at a fashion show as long as it’s au courant… or vintage in a now kind of way.

Over 120 pieces from the Max boutique were modeled down the runway that ran nearly the full length of the event center.  All of the seats in rows lining each side of the runway were filled and there was not a lot of standing room left either. Cameras flashed like the paparazzis' on Oscar night. Martinez’s shows have benefited other charities in the past but he has been with Volunteers of America for the last five years. He said now he’s so connected with Volunteers of America that they have formed a marriage. “It’s a match made in heaven,” he said. The show raised over $200,000 this year and has $500,000 in sight in upcoming years.

Volunteers of America President Dianna Kunz said not only is the event helping to provide a wonderful service to women and children, but it is also helping the Volunteers of America to grow by “reaching out to a new demographic.” Proceeds benefit Colorado’s largest shelter for battered women and children, the Brandon Center, which was built in 1932. The 90-bed facility aids approximately 1,000 people per year. It also provides counseling and GED tutoring. The goal of the Brandon Center is to help women become self-sufficient. Former resident of the Brandon Center, Lisa DeNora spoke about how she took refuge at the Brandon Center with her son two and a half years ago when she had nowhere else to turn and it helped her get back on her feet. She appreciated the privacy and comfort of having her own room that she could call home during her stay. “It was a safe place to live in stability and avoid chaos,“ she said.

The Brandon Center is only one of the many causes Volunteers of America is dedicated to. It is a faith-based nonprofit organization that aims to help people live to their full potential. It is renowned as one of the nation’s largest human service organizations. Its motto is “We feed. We Shelter. We support.” Visit www.voacolorado.com for more information.

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