Just because Murfreesboro isn’t New York City or Hollywood doesn’t mean the community isn’t fashion forward, said Courtney Weaver, a stylist and make-up artist at Tangerine Salon and Spa.
To prove her point, Weaver and more than 50 other members of the community are working hard to present the first annual United We Style Event, a fashion show expected to rival some of the biggest apparel shows across the country.
“It’s going to feel like you went to a live fashion show in Vegas,” said Judy Goldie, owner of Bella’s Boutique on the square in Murfreesboro.
Taking place on May 5, the fashion show is the brainchild of United Way board member Tracy Toy and Jim McCarrall, owner of Tangerine Salon and Spa.
“I am always looking for ways to give back to the community,” said McCarrall.
It didn’t take long for other business owners to get excited about a fashion show and within a few weeks the project was up and running, Toy said.
“We’ve had a tremendous amount of support,” said Tangerine manager and event coordinator Kara Kemp.
Professional model and life coach Junice Rockman will join 29 other Rutherford County residents, ranging in age from 16 to 60, on the live runway.
“I’m really honored and excited to be modeling and helping further the cause of United Way,” Rockman said.
The models, all chosen by audition, include a police officer, an emergency medical technician, teachers and students. Not all are female.
“We have a few men sprinkled in for fun,” Kemp said.
The models will be showcasing hairstyles, clothes, shoes, jewelry and other accessories from a variety of locally-owned boutiques and jewelry store. Participating are Bell Jewelers, Bella’s Boutique, Dusty Brown, E. Allen, Fleet Feet, Goody’s, Penny’s Closet, Swain Co. Clothiers and Tangerine Salon and Spa.
Models will also be featuring fashions created by up-and-coming designers from Middle Tennessee State University and O’More College of Design.
United We Style is not only supporting United Way, Kemp said, it’s also providing a platform for young, local designers to have their pieces seen.
A guarded secret of the event organizers is the name of the Rutherford County teacher who’s receiving a complete makeover.
“It’s going to be a big makeover reveal,” Kemp said.
In addition to the runway event, a VIP cocktail hour will feature cocktail creations by Matt Gallaher, the executive chef at the governor’s mansion, and hors d’oeuvre by Goodness Gracious. VIP guests will also be treated to a tour of The Gateway Village, where the fashion show is being held.
This is a great, positive event for everyone in the community Weaver said. It’s great for a girl’s night out, a couple’s date night or a special time for parents and kids.
“This event is setting the bar for Murfreesboro in giving back to the community,” Weaver said.
All participants are donating their time and talent to the event. Joe Swanson, owner of The Gateway Villages, has donated the facility. All ticket and silent auction proceeds benefit United Way of Rutherford and Canon Counties.
“We live in a fast-paced, microwave society that’s forgotten about our outreach agencies. We need to get back to this if we want to see our society change on the local level,” Rockman said. “United Way rocks.”
Tickets for the event are limited to 50 VIP passes and 250 general admissions. About half of the tickets have already been sold. VIP passes are $50 and general admission seats cost $20 until May 4 and $35 on the day of the event. To purchase, visit tangerinesalonandspa.com, and click on “Promotions,” or call 615-893-7303.