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March 3 charity fashion show needs plus-size, other models

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Beauty will come in all shapes and sizes during the annual Teens for Miracles charity fashion show — that is, if organizers can get more plus-size models.

Kathleen B. Lettiere, owner of A Touch of Grace, said although a few plus-size teenagers have come forward, she would like more to participate so a variety of dresses can be shown on many body types.

“I encourage larger girls to try all dresses of all shapes,” she said.

Dresses in different styles and colors will be showcased during the show, which will begin at 2 p.m. March 3 at the Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference Center off Faichney Drive. The show benefits sick and injured children through the Children’s Miracle Network of Northern New York at Samaritan Medical Center. Last year, the event raised about $3,200.

A Touch of Grace, which organizes the show every year, carries dresses up to size 30. Teenage girls interested in modeling gowns for the show can stop by the store, at 440 Coffeen St., and males can visit Nelson’s Dry Cleaning & Formal Wear, 1171 Coffeen St., to be fitted for modeling a tuxedo. Models must sign up by Feb. 25.

Mrs. Lettiere said 100 or more teenagers usually participate.

New this year, the event will showcase dresses for the Sugarplum Ball, which is held in December and benefits youth programs through the Watertown Family Y and the Samaritan Foundation. There are only 10 spots for little girls who would like to model those dresses.

If a girl decides she likes a dress so much that she wants to buy it for prom or another special occasion, Mrs. Lettiere said, she will encourage that person to model another dress for the show. She said she wants a girl’s first showing of her dress to be at her prom.

She has helped sponsor the show for the past few years, she said, because “Children’s Miracle Network is an amazing organization, and they do so many things to help the kids.”

“The other part is, is that teens get to help,” Mrs. Lettiere said. “They get a lot of joy out of it.”

Beauty Bar, at the Paddock Arcade on Public Square, will do some of the models’ hair, and there will be plenty of prom-related giveaways.

CMN Director Jocelyn D. Mejias said former recipients of CMN’s help also will model in the show. Seeing more than 100 children come together to help other children is “heartwarming,” she said.

“They are my inspiration,” Mrs. Mejias said.

The show will be hosted by Lonna K. McCary, Miss Thousand Islands 2013.

For more information, call Mrs. Lettiere at 788-6164 or Mrs. Mejias at 785-4053.

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