While the paparazzi and star seekers are cruising the streets of Hollywood, Tucson area residents can get a taste of homegrown celebrity-gawking right here at home.

They won’t need a map to reach those stars; they’ll be walking right by.

On Saturday, March 28, the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council will present its inaugural Passion for Fashion charity fashion show, featuring local personalities posing, strutting and showing off their duds to raise money for community arts programs.

The event, to be held at Reflections at the Buttes, will be unique in that it encompasses all ages — kids, men and women. Guest models will include Shannon Black, KIIM-FM; Dan Marries, KOLD-TV; Ashley Reichstein, Ms. Southeast Arizona 2009; and other recognizable figures.

More than 20 local shops, such as Chico’s, Men’s Wearhouse, Everything But Water and Maya Palace, are providing the featured fashions.

Jonas Hunter, GOVAC’s special events director, said attendees can bid on participating retailers’ gift certificates during the silent auction.

Art, jewelry and travel packages will also be available in the auction. “We’ve put a total value of $70,000 on the donated items,” Hunter said.

Cocktails and brunch precede the show and are included in the price of a ticket, half of which is tax deductible. Food will be provided by Reflections at the Buttes and Tucson Creative Catering.

Gloria White, GOVAC business development director, said a buffet will be set up with hot pastas and sauces, several types of salads, cheese, fruit and vegetable trays and “outstanding desserts,” highlighted by a chocolate fountain. “Mixed cocktails, mimosas and bloody Marys will also be served.” And, she noted, all attendees will receive a goody bag.

Vocalist and artist Joe Bourne, who will model attire from Tommy Bahama, said he’s pleased to be involved with the event. “It sounds like fun, looking at the names involved. It’s a great initiative to raise funds and it’s something that’s different.”

Hunter emphasized the entertainment value as well as the charity focus, noting “all funds raised through the silent auction, as with all our events, go to support educational programs.”

Who can turn down a chance like that, especially when it means good food, a fun afternoon and a little stargazing? Other guests and models are Mayor Paul Loomis, GOVAC President Dr. Satish Hiremath, Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce President Ramon Gaanderse, Gregg Forszt of Ventana Medical Systems, Oro Valley officials Mary Davis and Stacey Lemos, and others.

Reflections at the Buttes is located on the east side of Oracle Road between Linda Vista and El Conquistador Way.

Passion for Fashion

WHEN: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, March 28

WHERE: Reflections at the Buttes, 9800 N. Oracle Road

COST: $40 general admission; $15 kids 12 and under

SCHEDULE: 10:30 a.m. social and cocktails; 11 a.m. brunch; 11:30 a.m. fashion show and silent auction

PHONE: 797-3959

ONLINE: www.govac.org

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