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Beautiful Inside & Out: Krause Girls Take the Runway at Coldwater Creek


Krause CC storefront Oh what a night! It was an exciting evening full of love, joy, hope, and beauty, when the Coldwater Creek LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch clothing store opened their doors to host their first Krause Children’s Center fashion show on Sunday, September 18th. Around 80 guests plus 30 volunteers arrived eager to shop and excited to see the Krause models take the runway. 

At Krause, anticipation for this event has been building for weeks. The girls have had two weeks to choose clothes from the Coldwater Creek fall fashions and master their model walks.  As fashion show day approached, the Krause models were making every effort to be on their best behavior so they could be a part of this event, knowing that if they weren’t, they’d be staying home. We were all so proud of them! Choosing their own clothing and showing their beautiful selves through modeling was an all-new experience for them. We observed each of the girls after their fitting and during preparation for the show, and watched their self-esteem rise to new levels. Their confidence was at an all-time high! The smiles and energy in the dressing rooms by staff and store associates was so fun to see. For every negative thought the girls had about themselves, we immediately reminded them how beautiful they are.

Adding to the excitement was the opportunity for the girls to model alongside pageant beauties: Miss Black Texas USA 2011 Savannah Williams and Miss Black Texas USA Preteen 2011 Bridget Reagins

   Savannah and Bridget had some words of wisdom for the Krause Girls and presented roses to each of them.

The emcees of the show (Tamiko Harris of Keller Williams Realtyand  Karen Ockwood, Coldwater Creek associate) did an excellent job keeping the audience motivated, entertained, and laughing out loud.  One emcee talked about the clothing while the other told the audience all the GREAT things about the model from their bio. 

Krause CC MCEmcee Tamiko Harris wrote and read an incredible poem to match the fashion show’s theme, called “Krause Girls Redefined.” She presented each of the girls with a copy of the poem. As the poem was read some of the audience members and the Krause girls began to cry, they were so touched about the message in the poem: “You are beautiful inside and out.”

Also taking the runway were Dr. Roxanne Riefkhol, Katy High School counselor and a Professor at Houston Baptist Universitywho teaches a self-esteem class to the girls at Krause; and Zilah Miller, who heads up the National Charity League Lady Bird Chapter. The League has chosen Krause as one of their philanthropy projects. 

Zilah Miller, NCL, Lady Bird Chapter

The fashion show was a huge success because of our great volunteers and sponsors. Everyone at Coldwater Creek was so helpful and patient. Coldwater Creek provided all clothes, jewelry, and decorations and we had extra help from manager Shannon Canyi and associates April Crump and Doris Fischer.

l to r: Tamiko Harris, Tawana Goodwin, Sheila Gurwitz, Kathi Smith

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Aurea Salon & Spa jumped at the opportunity to provide service for the Krause kids and adult models by opening the shop on the Sunday of the fashion show and bringing in staff for six hours to pamper all of us. The Salon’s manager Nora Flor and her five stylist/make-up artists gave the models total makeovers.

A big thank-you to our local sponsors who donated their services: BerriPop Frozen Yogurt, Toll House Cookies, Las Alamedas Mexican Food, Fit & Fresh Gourmet, Fish City Grill, and Kenzo Sushi Bistro.

Many in attendance who had not previously heard of the Krause Center are now flooding the phone lines expressing interest in volunteer opportunities and asking to be involved in upcoming events.  

I’d like to share a note I received from one attendee:

“I wanted you all to know that we left the fashion show feeling changed.  The courage, strength, and beauty of these young ladies left us speechless, inspired, and hopeful.  I hope the Krause girls went home feeling as beautiful as they are.  But I also hope that they know that they have already begun impacting the world around them for the better … simply by being who they are. Thank you for letting us share a wonderful evening with the Krause family.”

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Dr. Roxanne Riefkohl, Katy HS, HSU

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