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Med. Hat and District Health Foundation benefits from fashion designer's fundraiser

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Chloë Chapdelaine (at left) and Tenille Riechelmann (in striped shirt and denim skirt) helped lead a fundraiser for the Med. Hat District Health Foundation. Chloë Chapdelaine (at left) and Tenille Riechelmann (in striped shirt and denim skirt) helped lead a fundraiser for the Med. Hat District Health Foundation. Colton Mckee Photography

The Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation was the beneficiary of a June 10 fashion and talent show at the Liquid Niteclub in Medicine Hat.

Medicine Hat College visual arts student and fashion designer Tenille Riechelmann.

Riechelmann, 19, hosted the inaugural breast cancer benefit show called Burlesque for Breasts which featured a fashion show (with Free Hippie Rave Wear and Diva Dolls lines) as well as entertainment which featured Miss Teenage Alberta 2016 Chloë Chapdelaine as the MC, singer Michael Shane, Tone Fitness bellydancers, Kara Ka-Pow a burlesque dancer from Calgary and a silent auction. 

There was also a mini market displaying "a clothing line with sustainable, repurposed clothing." The idea for the fashion show was to model bras of which Riechelman designed with her label Free Hippie Rave Wear. 

She was excited about her first fundraising venture and says while final numbers haven't been tabulated, she was pleased.

"Turn out was great! Because there was no assigned seating, I can't say for sure what we had for people attending, but we did have 100 plus," explains Riechelmann. "We haven't gotten all of the funds together. We're currently working on that. I can say we raised over $600 from the silent auction alone. That's not including ticket sales, donations, or drink sales."

Riechelmann says the organizing took two months and she's hoping to do it again next year with more planning and hopefully get an even better turn out. 

"Everyone who helped was great. We were able to get a ton of silent auction items, our burlesque dancer, Kara Ka-Pow, drove down from Calgary, local dancers came out to perform," explains Riechelmann. "The hair and makeup team did a great job, as well as the models. As always, there were people who couldn't make it to perform or model. It was difficult at the last minute to find more help, but the models who could make it were very accommodating and did what they could to help. Future shows are a definite yes."

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