Once a year, the Key Training Center showcases the talented clients at the Key’s Fashion Show Tea in the Chet Cole Life Enrichment Center on the Key’s campus. This year’s fashion-minded models were Alison Hartley, Heather Peck, Dee Baldino, Meghan McDavid and Vicki Delfin.

Community models for the Cotton Club of Crystal River were Shaunda Murray Burdette, Rachael Winsler, Andrea McCray, Ann Torcurator, Cassie Cross, Donna Barnt Bidlack, Theressa Foster West, Korrin Tedrick, Jade White and Lexi Post. Accompanying the models were Josh Wooten, Craig Stevens, Brandon Terwilliger and Ben Kempschrorer.

The dessert tables were sponsored by the Crystal River Christian Women’s Club, Shepherd of the Hills Church, the Best Friends Forever Society, Citrus Garden Club, Crystal River Rotary and the Citrus County YMCA.

(Due to space limitation, I have chosen to highlight the Key client models.) Let’s meet the participating client friends who took to the runway on Sunday afternoon:

n First was spunky Dee, who wore a green teal dress by Silk Elements accentuated with a chunky teal necklace and bracelet. (All of the outfits worn by the clients were from the Key’s three thrift stores.) Dee has her own “What’s Happening” Bulletin Board at the Key’s Inverness campus where she keeps everyone posted on events and activities around the county so that her peers can enjoy attending community events. Dee always greets us with a big smile and a hug. She is the life of the party. At the Inverness workshop, she is known for her positive attitude and creative outfits and is always dressed to impress.

n Our friend, Heather, wore a floral tank top by Talbots accented with a coral shawl and a green beaded necklace. Her pants were by NYJeans. She carried a green purse by Payless Shoe Store. Heather enjoys participating in the Key’s theatrical productions. Some of roles have been Cinderella, Red Riding Hood and her favorite role, Belle from “Beauty and the Beast.” She enjoys traveling and has been on 21 cruises. She keeps meticulous scrapbooks for each of her trips. Heather enjoys writing stories about the Key’s staff for the Key’s newsletter and loves dancing to the “oldies but goodies.”

n Another good friend of the key is Vicki. She wore a black and white polka-dot dress by Voir Voir Women, red shoes and a red genuine leather purse by Royce, a red wooden necklace, bracelet and earrings. A world traveler, Vicki visits her grandmother in Bolivia every year and her goal is to share her travels when she returns. She enjoys learning about whales, dolphins and sharks in her science class and participating in Special Olympics.

n Lovely Meghan wore a rust-colored dress with tie sleeves by Soaked in Luxury, a brown wooden necklace and bracelet, Apt. 9 brown braided sandals and a green purse by Mona Bags. Meghan works two days a week at the Key’s Adult Day Training Workshop making boxes and assembling brackets for the ClosetMaid contract. She loves country music.

n Our final Key model was a sweet friend, Alison. She wore a pink dress by Established 1962 and carried a wristlet wallet. Her outfit was completed with a pearl accent bracelet and necklace. Alison has a job in the Inverness Workshop and lives in a group home where her housemates have become her family. A kind and sensitive friend, Alison loves the soothing sounds of classic music and is a huge Beach Boys fan. Alison enjoys helping the unfortunate. Recently, she volunteered at a local nursing home assisting in preparing snacks for the residents and also helped out in the laundry room. She participates in the bowling league.

Wow, those fabulous models from the Key rocked the runway! Applause, applause, applause!

The musical entertainment was by one of my personal favorite tribute artists of celebrities, Sally Langwah. She astounded us with her Loretta Lynn, Marilyn Monroe, Liza Minnelli and Sara Brighton’s “Phantom of the Opera” theme. Accompaniment was by Sally Adams, popular Citrus Community Chorus accompanist.

The popular hat contest winners were: Paris Clark — “Most Creative”; Kansas Sanchez — “Most Beautiful”; and Jennifer Clark — “I Can’t Believe You’re Wearing It.”

Josh Wooten auctioned off the cakes, including several heart-shaped ones, a chess cake, a fruit-basket cake, a red velvet cake, a white cake that took three days to make and a yellow cake with raspberry filling. The cakes went from $40 to a whopping $300 with the savvy auctioning skills of Josh.

It was such a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon at the Key with such treasured Key friends.

Ruth Levins participates in a variety of projects around the community. Let her know about your group’s upcoming activities by writing to P.O. Box 803, Crystal River, FL 34423.

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