Tags: Community & Outreach
Last year's fashion show raised $1,000 with more than 100 people in attendance. McKENZIE CUNNINGHAM/Staff. (click for larger version)
October 29, 2013ALPHARETTA, Ga.— An organization dedicated to raising awareness about depression and preventing suicide will hold a fashion show fundraiser Nov. 9.
The Johnny Foundation's seventh Fashion for a Passion show will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the auditorium of North American Mission Board, 4200 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta.
"My 21-year-old son ended his life 13 years ago and our family did not know and were not aware of some of the signs of depression," said Lisa Leathers, founder of the Johnny Foundation. "After we went through that tragedy, we wanted to be sure to share what we've learned."
Leathers said she doesn't want others to experience this type of pain and loss in their lives.
Untreated depression is the No. 1 cause of suicide, and every 16 minutes someone in the U.S. takes their own life, Leathers said.
The show will feature fashions from Belk in Cumming, raffle items, a silent auction, refreshments by Blu Owl Bakery and makeup by Tina Leathers, a Mary Kay beauty consultant.
There will also be a diva shoe contest; the attendee with the most "diva-ish shoes" will win a prize.
"We do the show as a fun event because depression is such a difficult subject for many people to talk about," Leathers said. "But we also make sure that everybody leaves with education and literature that they can take home and read and become more aware."
A buy one, get one free ticket offer for the fashion show ends on Oct. 31.
All proceeds will be used to help fund counseling services for those who may not have the means to get the help they need.
For additional information, call Lisa Leathers at 678-493-4986 or visit www.thejohnnyfoundation.org.
IF YOU GO:
What: Fashion for a Passion
When: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9
Where: North American Mission Board, 4200 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta
Info: Call 678-493-4986 or visit www.thejohnnyfoundation.org