Salvation Army’s Runway to Hope to offer great value

Gina Spagnola, Galveston Chamber of Commerce president, models a Lynn Ritchie bright optic tunic, Lysee skinny leggings and an Ethyl and Myrtle black and white cuff from Tina’s. The outfit will be one of many modeled during The Salvation Army’s fourth annual Runway to Hope Style Show, Luncheon, Silent Auction and Chic Boutique.


GALVESTON — The Salvation Army of Galveston County will present its fourth annual Runway to Hope Style Show, Luncheon, Silent Auction and Chic Boutique on Thursday at the Galveston Island Convention Center.

Chita Johnson, KHOU Channel 11 morning meteorologist, will be the mistress of ceremonies.

The event, which benefits many Salvation Army programs and services, will feature wares from island favorites Tina’s, Gracie’s, Head to Footsies, Nefertiti and Treasure Trove.

And representing the mainland will be the Four Seasons Boutique & Shoe Parlour of Dickinson and League City’s Jill’s Fashions & Bridals and The Clothes Horse.

“Income from our annual style show and luncheon helps The Salvation Army of Galveston County provide a variety of human care community social services to our neighbors in need,” said Capt. Marc Jacobs, regional coordinator of The Salvation Army of Galveston County.

“I am most grateful for both the volunteer and financial support we receive for this important event.”

The silent auction offers resort stays, local restaurant gift certificates, an NFL autographed football and jersey by J.J. Watt, paintings and unique glassware just to name a few. Mary Case, chair of the silent auction, offers a unique and creative experience in personal shopping that should not be missed.

“Generous donors from the island’s most popular sites have donated passes valued at hundreds of dollars for the silent auction,” Case said.

“Look for wonderful gift baskets and stylish merchandise. Come on out and make a bid.”

Also partnering up for the cause is Kroger, who will sponsor and provide all the fresh floral arrangements for the table center pieces that are always a huge hit each year. The arrangements will be sold at the end of the style show.

“Kroger will be creating the beautiful fresh floral arrangements for tables at the event, and Island Flowers also will provide the podium floral arrangement for this wonderful event benefiting The Salvation Army of Galveston County,” said Jenny Korth, chair of the decorating committee.

Brenda Gutierrez is chair of the Chic Boutique that offers gently used clothing and accessories donated by fashionable women in the county. Taking designer clothes and making them look modern and fresh is a true talent as a hands-on chairman.

“Chic Boutique — the name says it all,” Gutierrez said. “Designer clothing (many with price tags still on), evening gowns, cocktail wear, casual wear, many new shoes, purses, scarves and tons of beautiful jewelry will be at a fraction of store prices.

“Bring your cash and check book and shop till you drop. You won’t find bargains like these anywhere.”

Also being honored at the annual event will be the Galveston Bible Church, which has been a solid financial supporter for the construction of The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope Social Services Center, 601 51st St.

And, for entertainment purposes, Ralph Elizondo will sing his favorite gospel songs. And there even will be an Elvis tribute artist to entertain the crowd.

“This event is a combination of the many talents, time and gifts of generous volunteers across the county,” said Jan Porter, chair of the style show and luncheon.

“It is more than just a style show and entertainment. It is a way to promote the ministry of The Salvation Army as we preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in his name without discrimination.”

Sponsorships also are still available. Donations are being accepted to help The Salvation Army continue to offer assistance with rent, utilities, food, clothing and emergency shelter.

At a glance

WHAT: Fourth annual Runway to Hope Style Show, Luncheon, Silent Auction and Chic Boutique

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd.

COST: $100 per person

CALL: Jan Porter, 409-763-1691, Ext. 75313

Contact Community News Editor Angela Taylor-Wilson at 409-683-5239 or

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