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Mall event focuses on moms, community

May. 11, 2013 @ 11:27 PM

BARBOURSVILLE -- Anything short of the largest fashion show in the history of the Huntington Mall would not have done justice for the more than 300 mothers and children who visited the More for Mom Show there Saturday afternoon.

More than 100 models participated in the "Mommy and Me" fashion show at the event inside the Macy's dome at the mall, where multiple vendors set up shop to provide lifestyle tips, tricks and products to the guests of honor, said Margi MacDuff, marketing director of the mall.

The goal of the day was to make sure it was all about Mom, said MacDuff.

"I know from being a mother myself that moms do so much for so many," said MacDuff. "It was important for us to be able to host an event that puts them in the spotlight to say 'Thanks,' to them for everything that they do."

The annual Mother/Daughter Look a Like Contest drew 18 contestants. The grand prize-winning mother and daughter duo were awarded a prize package that included a Great American Cookie Cake, a Merle Norman makeup set, jewelry from the Rosetree, a toy set from Kid Country Toys, a Fiesta Hair Gift Basket, a gift bag from Vitamin World, a coupon to the J.C. Penney Portrait Studio, an Apex Salon gift certificane, a Miche bag and a bird bath from Blatt's Greenhouse.

The contest raised $540, which was donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, said MacDuff.

"It's important for us to find ways for the mall to give back to the community in a grassroots way," said MacDuff. "It's one thing for us to be able to cut a check to an organization, but with events like this, it's just as much about the opportunity to share information and spread awareness about these organizations, like the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation."

Jennifer Waggy is a Miche consultant, which was one of the vendors during the event.

She said the event provided an opportunity for moms to get out and have a fun day for themselves.

"It's a little something that gives moms something to come out and do with their kids," said Waggy. "Things like this help the community and the people involved in it because it's a chance to meet people and network. Everyone wins."

Following the fashion show and the contest, members of the mall's Fashion Advisory Board were folding paper cranes as part of its "A Thousand Cranes of Hope" community art activity, which will benefit the Hoops Family Children's Hospital.

Local groups are welcome to donate cranes for the project. Cranes should be turned in to the mall office or dropped off at the customer service center before Saturday, June 22. If the mall receives enough cranes, they will be put on display in the facility's skylights.

Cranes can be adopted for $1 a piece. The money will be donated to the hospital, and those who sponsor the cranes will have the option of keeping the crane or donating it to a child at the hospital as a gift of hope.

For more information about events at the Huntington Mall, visit www.huntingtonmall.com.

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