- May 2, 2018
Before the eight River Strand models were headed out to the runway during the Stylin' at the Strand event Saturday at the River Strand Country Club, they had to be checked out first.
They were modeling clothes by the Evelyn and Arthur women's clothing store of Sarasota.
Doing the checking was Judy Horn, an employee at Evelyn and Arthur for the past nine years.
So what was on the checklist?
"You have to make sure their tags aren't hanging out," Horn said with a laugh about the new clothes they were showing.
Actually, Horn knows that the River Strand women who agreed to walk the runway for the event are volunteers who have done little to no modeling.
They can be nervous.
So Horn makes sure that the bottom of their pants are straight and even, their accessories are hanging just right and their handbags have the fronts pointed at the crowd.
It's all accomplished in a light-hearted manner.
"We try to keep it upbeat and fun," Horn said.
A sold-out crowd of 130 women were in the audience to raise funds for the Food Bank of Manatee County. It was the fourth annual event put on by River Strand residents and organized by Eloise Eckler and her committee. However, the event wasn't held two years during the COVID-19 pandemic.