Emergency fashion: first responders step off in style

Deb Dolliver, left and Deb Sheller, right are decked out and escorted by Tisbury policeman Joe Ballote, in anything but plain clothes, at the Emergency Services Charity Fashion Show at Dreamland Saturday evening. — Photo by Susan Safford

The Emergency Services Charity Fashion Show, “Respond in Style,” raised almost $5,000 on Saturday, April 27, at Dreamland in Oak Bluffs, according to event committee member and Tisbury Ambulance Coordinator Tracey Jones. The proceeds will be shared between The Island Autism Group and the Tisbury Ambulance Association, she said.

It was a chance to see Island safety and health professionals, and their friends and relatives, walk the walk in a variety of summer and spring fashions. The clothes were right off the racks of Island clothing stores and designers.

The show’s finale was the modeling of evening gowns that were auctioned and donated to the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School for their junior prom. Ten gowns from the show will be worn at this year’s prom by Island students.

“It was a very successful night,” said Olivia Butler, the auction coordinator.

The Island Autism Group supports Island children with autism, children with a variety of learning needs and social communication challenges and children with Down syndrome. The Tisbury Ambulance Association provides services for Tisbury emergency technicians (EMTs)

More than 60 individuals and businesses donated more than 100 items that were auctioned off. The MV Chowder Company prepared the food and MV Gourmet provided the cupcakes. Dreamland donated the use of the dance hall.