GRACE CENTERS OF HOPE HOLDS “WOMEN HELPING WOMEN” LUNCHEON AND FASHION SHOW FUNDRAISER, MAY 5

World-renowned fashion and beauty expert, Mary Alice Stephenson, returns to rev up the glamour factor, Features her favorite red carpet looks from world’s most glamorous designers

Online PR News – 12-April-2012 – Pontiac, Michigan – PONTIAC, Mich., April 10, 2012 – Grace Centers of Hope presents the 14th annual “Women Helping Women” Luncheon and Fashion Show on Saturday, May 5 at the Royal Park Hotel, 600 University, Rochester. The event includes world-renowned fashion and style expert, Mary Alice Stephenson, who returns to rev up the glamour factor with a fashion show featuring her favorite red carpet looks from the world’s most glamorous designers. The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and begins with a silent auction preview followed by a luncheon and fashion show.

“Our ‘Women Helping Women’ event does exactly what it was named to do,” said Pastor Kent W. Clark, CEO of Grace Centers of Hope. “It brings together women from across metro Detroit to help build awareness and address the special needs of abused and addicted women and their children. Unfortunately, they are the fastest growing segment of our homeless population.”

Established in 1942, Grace Centers of Hope is one of the largest homeless shelters in southeast Michigan. It provides a comprehensive range of programs and services to help individuals and families overcome issues of homelessness, addiction, neglect, poverty and spiritual emptiness. To achieve these outcomes, it incorporates personal accountability, life skills education and work-related programs.

Proceeds from “Women Helping Women” will support the Women’s and Children’s programs to expand shelter areas and allow for additional counselors to be hired to accommodate the increased demand for services. In addition, funds also will support the Hands of Hope Childcare Center, a newly renovated facility that employs specially trained staff who work with at-risk children who have suffered trauma or developmental deficiencies as a result of homelessness.

“We are thrilled to once again have Mary Alice Stephenson join us at ‘Women Helping Women,’” said Clark. “Her tremendous knowledge and expertise in the fashion industry has helped grow our fashion show into one of the most anticipated events in metro Detroit. We can’t thank her enough for her generous support.”

Stephenson, who grew up in the Detroit area, is one of the worlds most sought after fashion and beauty experts. She has served as a fashion and beauty commentator for many networks and shows, including: The Today Show; Good Morning America; The Nate Berkus Show; The Rachael Ray Show; The Wendy Williams Show; Doctor Oz; CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360; Showbiz Tonight; American Morning; The Situation Room; MTV; VH1; CBS’ Early Show; FOX News; Entertainment Tonight; Extra; E!; The Style Channel; Associated Press TV; and BBC. Mary Alice is frequently quoted in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, and WWD, among others.

Throughout her 20-year career, Mary Alice has worked at legendary fashion magazines including Vogue, Allure, Marie Claire, and Harper’s Bazaar. Mary Alice has styled Hollywood’s most fashionable celebrities including: Jennifer Lopez; Sarah Jessica Parker; Halle Berry; Beyonce; Renee Zellweger; Drew Barrymore; Nicole Kidman; Cate Blanchet; Scarlett Johansson; Jennifer Aniston; and First Lady Michelle Obama, among others.

For Stephenson, fashion does not look good unless it’s doing good for others. She is known for her philanthropic endeavors that empower women with fashion and beauty, and currently serves as the national fashion ambassador for the Make A Wish Foundation and is a board member for Free Arts NYC. She also supports Get Reel With Your Dreams, Love Heels, The Bob Woodruff Foundation, as well as Grace Centers of Hope.

“Women Helping Women” is hosted by WDIV TV 4 news personality, Ruth Spencer. Stacy Carron of Royal Oak is chairperson and Julie Kozlowski of Waterford is co-chair. Honorary committee members include Christina Bishop of Rochester; Renee Godin – Ferguson of Farmington Hills; The Hon. Lisa Gorcyca of Troy; Denise Ilitch of Bingham Farms; Danialle Karmanos of Orchard Lake; The Hon. Julie Nicholson of Rochester; Mona Richard of Dearborn; Kathy Shelton of Rochester Hills; and Karen Williams of Bloomfield Hills.

Executive sponsor for the event is Car Proof. Platinum Sponsors are: Shelton Buick GMC; The Williams Family Fund; and Volkswagen Group of America. Gold sponsors are: Bull Run Press, Inc.; English Gardens; and Ford Motor Company Fund. Silver sponsors are: Affordable Elegance Chaircovers & Linens; Flagstar Bank; Delta Airlines; Northwestern Mutual – Wilshire Financial Group; Strategic Employee Benefit Services; Penske Corporation; and Rick and Karen Williams. Bronze Sponsors are: Compuware; Crittenton Hospital Medical Center; Humana; Jawood Business Process Solutions LLC; Meritor; MGM Grand Detroit; PNC Bank; Stout, Risius, Ross; and Whoo U R, Inc. Patron Sponsors are: Harness, Dickey; Onyx Auto Center; and Plante Moran. Valet Sponsors is Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge.

Luigi Bruni Salon in Birmingham and Mijo-a Salon in Rochester will provide hair and make-up for the models while Sam & Lola will provide the children’s clothing. Women Helping Women tickets are $100 per person. Make checks payable to Grace Centers of Hope, or visit www.gracecentersofhope.org to purchase tickets online.

About Grace Centers of Hope
Giving hope to the helpless since 1942, Grace Centers of Hope is considered one of the leading faith-based organizations in Southeastern Michigan, daily confronting issues of homelessness, addiction, poverty, abuse and spiritual emptiness. On any given night, Grace Centers of Hope provides transitional and emergency shelter to 150-200 men, women and children, in addition to serving more than 100,000 meals each year. Grace’s $5.3 million yearly budget is maintained solely through corporate and private donors, exclusive of any government assistance. To learn more about Grace Centers of Hope or to make a donation, please visit www.gracecentersofhope.org.

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