Angela Robjohns, Janine Hobbs, Christine Ward, Lynn Lapham and Chris Hobbs frock up for Zonta’s Fashion Parade at Rydges Hotel on Saturday.
Angela Robjohns, Janine Hobbs, Christine Ward, Lynn Lapham and Chris Hobbs frock up for Zonta’s Fashion Parade at Rydges Hotel on Saturday.

Zonta parade full of style

THE fun, the fashion and the friendship was the motto of the day as Zonta’s Annual Fashion Parade made its stylish re-entrance to the Gladstone social calendar on Saturday.

About 150 women frocked up for the day, making a fashionable statement in support of the Shine program for teenage girls, currently operating at Gladstone, Toolooa and Mt Larcom state high schools.

With their fascinators, extravagant outfits and perfectly-selected accessories, the women impressed judges with their finery.

“Everyone does go to a lot of effort,” Zonta Club PR spokesperson Nicole Carnovale said.

“The judges had a really hard time selecting winners this year.”

But there could only be two fashion winners on the day with local ladies Judy Haupt winning in the ‘best dressed’ stakes and Leanne Crane taking out the ‘best hat/fascinator’ title.

Another big winner was Margaret Esdale, whose name was chosen from the major raffle draw for a trip for two to Brisbane, with tickets to the Valentino Collection, courtesy of Harvey World Travel.

Apart from viewing the latest spring fashions from Fantasy Rags, the event also featured a sumptuous lunch and a series of presentations from PJR Modelling’s Kathy Corones, ‘A Little on Top’ fascinator business owner Kylie Macklin and Shine program co-ordinator Jacqui Crighton.

Now regarded as the club’s major annual fundraiser, the fashion parade has grown from humble beginnings at the Gladstone Tennis Club.

“It started off as a small function where everyone had to bring a plate,” Ms Carnovale said.

“It has grown to be a popular event on the Gladstone social calendar.”



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