LAST SUNDAY I GOT to attend the 12th annual Mother/Daughter Fashion Show “Tickled Pink,” benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation Mid-Atlantic. Mothers and daughters dressed in their finest Lillys, both new and vintage, sipped tea and ate bite-size sandwiches and scones at the glamorous Fairmont Hotel as they watched local celebrities and their daughters walk down the runway in the latest Lilly Pulitzer fashions.
Before the show, the audience heard about the Make-a-Wish Foundation and its work. Unfortunately, sickness is part of life. I personally love to see a smile on a person’s face who’s sick or has been through a lot; it brightens my day. Everyone has a wish or dream he or she wants to come true, but those dreams and wishes are even more important when someone is diagnosed with a disease like cancer. So many families with sick children struggle to make their children’s wishes come true, but few have the financial wherewithal to make that happen. That’s where the Make-A-Wish comes in. Betsy Gorgei, a former board member of the foundation, spoke powerfully about her son’s illness and why she continues to help make a difference in these young children’s lives. “Hope is chemical,” she said and wishes provide hope and healing to children who desperately need it.
The Lilly Pulitzer label has expanded from the basic shift into shorts, pants, clutches, umbrellas, even a tennis bag with matching racket. For the record, my favorite outfit was a pair of turquoise-and-white floral pants worn with a basic white blouse by NBC’s Angie Goff.
— Janae P. Jones
Janae P. Jones, a sophomore at Bethune Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, is passionate about writing and fashion.