Deb Gagne loves puppies and she loves clothes. Support both at the Second Chance Fashion Show/Fundraiser on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. on Facebook Live.

Deb Gagne loves puppies and she loves clothes. Support both at the Second Chance Fashion Show/Fundraiser on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. on Facebook Live.

Giving animals and clothes a second chance

Fashion show fundraiser goes virtual: a great cause, great prizes, and lots of fun!

There’s only one thing Second Chance Clothing & Home Decor owner Deb Gagne loves more than clothing. Puppies.

“I love all animals. If I could have 20 I would!” she says.

So every year she brings the two together for a Fashion Show Fundraiser supporting animal outreach. This spring’s show was cancelled due to COVID-19, but now they’re back for a ‘second chance’ with a virtual show!

  • The Cause: All proceeds from the event go to Companion Animal Outreach Society (C.A.O.S.), an Alberta animal rescue. “C.A.O.S. does so much. Erica and her staff travel across the prairies rescuing puppies and kitties and finding them new homes,” Deb says. “With the spring show cancelled, they need our support now more than ever.” Erica will be bringing six puppies and their mom to the virtual show, and all of them are available for adoption.
  • The Clothes: See a mix of new and consigned clothing modelled by Second Chance customers in a fun fashion show! “I dare anyone to tell which is which between the new and consigned clothes,” Deb says. Keep your eyes peeled for the Advocate’s own Stephanie Rhodes and other local faces amongst the models! Photos of all the clothing models will be posted to the Facebook page following the event, for those who miss the live show.
  • The Emcee: Luca James from Real Country 95.5 is your co-host. “He’s so much fun. One year we were short a model so he volunteered. I thought he was joking! Now he models for us every year.”
  • The Prizes: Visit the Second Chance Facebook page to see prizes donated from Red Deer businesses, and bid in the silent and live auctions during the event! All proceeds go to C.A.O.S., which used last year’s funds to pay vet bills and transportation costs. Pick up your prizes after the event by visiting Second Chance, 7110 50 Ave. #10B.

Previous events have included a dinner, but this time Deb is encouraging friends to organize small gatherings at home.

“We hope everyone has a lot of fun, like we always do! One mother and daughter have been to every single one of my fundraisers, and they’re making special plans for this one,” Deb says. “The daughter told me she’s ‘reserved’ a table at her Mom’s, and they’re going to order dinner and open a bottle of wine and watch the show!”

Donate to a great cause in person at Second Chance Clothing, by credit card over the phone at 403-986-1663, or via e-transfer by emailing 2ndchancerd@gmail.com. Donations over 20 dollars receive a 20 per cent off coupon for Second Chance Clothing.

Mark your calendar — it all happens Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. on Facebook Live!

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