Spring fashion show benefits cocoa farmers in Grenada

Ruggles & Hunt, located in Brattleboro, and Walpole, announced their 2018 pre-Mother's Day spring fashion show, which will benefit the Cocoa Farming Future Initiative and be held at the Walpole Inn on Monday, May 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Ruggles & Hunt and the Walpole community have been proud supporters of the Cocoa Farming Future Initiative since it was started in 2011. The Initiative is a nonprofit dedicated to the cocoa farmers on the island of Grenada and was founded by Paula Burdick to support the farmers after two devastating hurricanes wiped out Grenada's farms. More information can be found at www.CFFIGrenada.org.

This year, the spring fashion show has a corporate sponsor, Via Talenta, an organization that has created, developed, and engaged in what is today known as impact investment and philanthropy. Their sponsorship of this event for the Initiative will cover the cost of the venue and publicity, so even more of the proceeds will go directly to CFFI.

Local “mavens and fashionistas” will model the latest styles from Ruggles & Hunt in an informal and fun atmosphere with Vicki Gohl, owner of Ruggles & Hunt, emceeing, according to a news release. Participants can win a $100 gift certificate to Ruggles & Hunt for wearing the jauntiest and most original hat (top three selections win gift certificates).

The now famous raffle includes items from Ruggles' favorite designers: Laura Zindel, Johnny Was, Fly London, Velvet, Cut Loose, Sinuous, Vermont brand Salaam, and others. Raffle tickets are $5.

Advance tickets to the event are $20, or $25 at door. Each ticket includes one drink, a goodie bag, and yummy finger food. Tickets are available at Burdick's Tea Room, both Ruggles & Hunt locations, and the Walpole Inn. Call 802-579-1900 or 603-756-9607 for more information.

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