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Sunny socialites light up the Adolphus for Dress 4 Yellow fashion show and luncheon

Sunny socialites light up the Adolphus for Dress 4 Yellow

Steve Nagel, Lee Nagel
Steve Nagel, Lee Nagel Photo by Kristina Bowman
Dress 4 Yellow
A beaded caftan by Naeem Khan was one of the featured looks in the Dress 4 Yellow fashion show.  Photo by Kristina Bowman
Dawn Mellon, Jennifer Cloutier
Dawn Mellon, Jennifer Cloutier Photo by Kristina Bowman
Charlotte Anderson, Gene Jones
Charlotte Anderson, Gene Jones Photo by Kristina Bowman
Dee Simmons, D'Andra Simmons
Dee Simmons, D'Andra Simmons Photo by Kristina Bowman
Dhani Jones, Lee Nagel, Bret McKinney
Dhani Jones, Lee Nagel, Bret McKinney Photo by Kristina Bowman
Jennifer Cloutier
Jennifer Cloutier Photo by Kristina Bowman
Dress 4 Yellow
Bret McKinney produced the runway show filled with golden fashions. Photo by Kristina Bowman
Larce Preston, Tiffany Derry
Larce Preston, Tiffany Derry Photo by Kristina Bowman
Christopher Wright, Steve Kemble, Dee Simmons, D'Andra Simmons, Ron Corning, LeeAnne Locken
Christopher Wright, Steve Kemble, Dee Simmons, D'Andra Simmons, Ron Corning, LeeAnne Locken Photo by Kristina Bowman
Liz Shafton, Rob Sumner, Mulisa Sirucek, Kara Connor
Liz Shafton, Rob Sumner, Mulisa Sirucek, Kara Connor Photo by Kristina Bowman
Lucrecia Waggoner, Lynae Fearing, Jenifer Strauss, Gina Safdar
Lucrecia Waggoner, Lynae Fearing, Jenifer Strauss, Gina Safdar Photo by Kristina Bowman
Steve Nagel, Lee Nagel
Dress 4 Yellow
Dawn Mellon, Jennifer Cloutier
Charlotte Anderson, Gene Jones
Dee Simmons, D'Andra Simmons
Dhani Jones, Lee Nagel, Bret McKinney
Jennifer Cloutier
Dress 4 Yellow
Larce Preston, Tiffany Derry
Christopher Wright, Steve Kemble, Dee Simmons, D'Andra Simmons, Ron Corning, LeeAnne Locken
Liz Shafton, Rob Sumner, Mulisa Sirucek, Kara Connor
Lucrecia Waggoner, Lynae Fearing, Jenifer Strauss, Gina Safdar

The forecast was sunny inside the elegant Adolphus for the second annual Dress 4 Yellow fashion show and luncheon. Fabulously dressed guests walked a bold yellow carpet as they ventured inside for the fashionable fundraiser that benefits local and national cancer programs.

Dressed-in-yellow sophisticates — including Doris Jacobs, Teffy Jacobs, Ron Corning, Betsy Price, Charlotte Anderson, John Piermarini, Jocelyn White, Gene Jones and Lynae Fearing — crowded the French Room for a VIP reception. After saying their hellos, they moved to the foyer to bid on apropos silent auction items such as vintage jewelry, Mizzen+Main dress shirts and Roma boots.

During the reception, guests filled out cards honoring loved ones who have suffered from cancer; the cards were later displayed in the luncheon ballroom. Once inside the ballroom for the vintage-inspired fashion show, LeeAnne Locken, Christopher Wright and D’Andra Simmons were caught mingling with advisory committee members Skye Brewer, Steve Kemble, Abi Ferrin, Tiffany Derry and Dahni Jones.

As soon as co-chair Lee Nagel took center stage, the chatty crowd turned quiet. “Together everyone achieves more,” she said, after thanking those who helped make the event possible. “We’re fighting against cancer — children’s cancer and every kind of cancer,” Nagel added, referring to beneficiaries Cook Children’s Cancer Center and Livestrong Foundation.

The first looks in the runway show, courtesy of Nike Golf, evoked a super-chic Caddyshack vibe. But we were breathless over the Commonwealth Couture black dress beautifully worn by cancer survivor Dawn Mellon and an Alice+Olivia yellow sequined dress worn by survivor Jennifer Cloutier.

Other models in the Bret McKinney-produced show donned yellow ensembles by high-fashion designers such as KaufmanFranco, Valentino, Chadwick Bell, Naeem Khan, David Peck and Escada. Once the bright show dimmed, guests gathered for a lovely lunch.