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  • Hello friends and neighbors. It is good to see you here. Happy 4th of July. Be safe while you celebrate Independence Day.
  • Hello friends and neighbors. It is good to see you here. Happy 4th of July. Be safe while you celebrate Independence Day.
    In 2006, Sydney Pfaff of Morehead City wanted to do something to help her cousin Betsy Sylvester of Cape Carteret, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Sydney, a rising sixth grader, was interested in fashion so she wanted to help her cousin and later the community through a children’s fashion show with her and her sister Sloane’s American Girl dolls.
    “I thought she was crazy,” said her mom Cecelia Pfaff. “But, oddly enough, American Girls did allow fashion shows but the clothes had to be purchased from them and it had to be a certain venue. We couldn’t afford to dress everyone. She was determined to do the fashion show so she approached a couple of little surf shops. At the first show, three businesses loaned us clothes but the community was so supportive that we made the most money, about $5,000. We had only planned to do it once but everyone said ‘that was great, do it again.’”
    This year will mark the ninth annual fashion show. Sloane had always been Sydney’s right hand man but when Sydney went off to college last year, Sloane, now a rising junior at West Carteret High School, inherited her legacy. Sloane has been the director at last year’s and this year’s fashion show and luncheon “Recharge Your Wardrobe” to be held at 11 a.m., Aug. 7 at the Dunes Club at Atlantic Beach. Call Sloane Pfaff at 252-726-9423 for tickets or to make a donation. All proceeds to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina.
    Sloane’s work on the fashion shows since she was 7 has netted her a place among 65 North Carolina youth being recognized by Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program for making a difference in the community. She has won a $50 gift certificate and a chance to compete in July for a $1,000 regional scholarship for higher education. Ten national winners will also each receive a $10,000 scholarship and Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on their behalf.
    Sloane has spent her summer recruiting about 15 models from area schools to model clothes provided by local retailers such as Tassles. Sloane has already begun collecting items for the silent auction and raffles. The auction and raffles are held during the down times when models are changing.
    “It is good,” Sloane said. “I’m starting to get the word out, getting stores to donate clothes all lined up and getting items for the raffle and silent auction.”
    The shows are all completely staffed by young people. The students greet the guests at the front table, narrate the show and draw the tickets. To date, the students and the Pfaffs have raised $35,000 for local children’s charities. Proceeds have gone to the Boys and Girls Club of Coastal Carolina for the past three years but the fashion show has also benefitted Epilepsy Research for UNC Hospital, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Look Out Terrace at UNC Hospital, Juvenile Diabetes Research in Greenville, and cancer patient Justin Mizelle who was in Sydney’s high school class.
    Page 2 of 2 - Sloane also volunteers at Bible School, Beaufort Historic Sight, Christmas Walk, Student Government; she babysits and works at Tassles.
    “My girls make me proud every day. It will carry into adulthood,” said mom Cecilia Pfaff. Dad Chuck Pfaff works in the emergency room at Carteret General Hospital.
    The Pfaff parents are just as creative and hardworking as their daughters. Cecelia Pfaff has a business degree, a teaching certificate and waited tables for several years but those jobs never gave her the flexibility to attend her daughters’ activities and sporting events. In 2005, Cecelia and Chuck Pfaff founded a unique business in their home called Closet Therapy. Cecelia uses her creativity to design shelves, drawers and racks in closets that she and Chuck install. They take out the existing shelves and rods in the closet and install a material that looks like wood and is very durable.
    Thank you for coming.
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