Cancer survivors the stars of fashion production

PHOTOS COURTESY OF SANDRA SHANK
“The Return of the Phenomenal Woman’’ fashion production celebrated cancer survivors. The event also included others participating in the presentation that took place Oct. 29 at the VFW.

Sass and attitude stormed the runway of the fashion production.

Ruby Wyche

The collection, accentuating uniqueness, was inspired by Ruby Wyche along the lines of the “Phenomenal Woman” breast cancer fashion show created in 2013 by former runway model Cynthia Black.

“The Return of the Phenomenal Women” fashion production, “celebrating the strength, beauty and diversity of cancer survivors,” was presented by the Circle of Caring Cancer Support Group founded May 9, 2013 by Wyche.

The platform provides for the members of the group – with varying types of cancer – to support one another. “The Return of the Phenomenal Women” lived up to the hype on Oct. 29 for the overflowing numbers that showed up at the VFW.

Dazzling production

Chauncey Dunham

As Wyche desired the elaborate embellishments, Chauncey Dunham of Dante Productions concentrated on bringing fashion to a whole new level.

Dunham brings unique aesthetics of lighting, utilizing the special effects from his Broadway review of a play, and combining his talent for fashion.
Dante Productions, formerly headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area, has become the showstopper for productions in Palm Coast.

It also brings along fashion designer Geri Brooks of Royal Apparel and a team of plus-size models – The Big, Bold and Beautiful – along with an entourage from the JLB Group; A Touch of Heaven, Inc.; the Gary A. Johnson Company; and LB Media Productions, Inc.

Contemporary fashions created the opportunities for Big, Bold and Beautiful models: Carmen Shorey, Ms. Johnson, another Ms. Johnson, Tess, Dr. Pamela Green and Tangela Lashawn Williams-Houston.

‘Colors of Cancer’
Wyche entered in the performance playbook, “You have truly made your dreams and goals come true with your presence. So now, I present to you the ‘Colors of Cancer.’’
“The Colors of Cancer’’ survivor models were:
Renee Barnes, emerald green (liver cancer)
Connie Fields-Cabell, pink (breast cancer)
Dr. James Cauley, light blue (prostate cancer)
Doris Lyn, lavender (all cancers)
Donald Matthews, dark blue (colon cancer)
Gail Matthews, peach (uterine cancer)
Linda Sharpe Matthews, teal/pink/blue, (thyroid cancer)
Andrea Parham, pink (breast cancer)
Anne Phillips, pink (breast cancer)
Jacqui Courtney-Rigby, pink (breast cancer)
Evangelist Essie Wilson, white (lung cancer)
Joan White, lavender (all cancers)
Ruby Wyche, lime green (lymphoma)

Rave reviews
Ticketholder Maxine Josey said, “The program was great! The fashions were great, and it was good to see how many people, including men, were there with different types of cancer – and what colors the cancers were. I never knew that cancer had different colors.’’

Dr. Kwando Kinshasa said, “As a survivor of prostrate cancer some 22 years ago as well as a U.S. Marine Corps veteran – and one who is still very much involved in a number of Black USMC veteran associations – I could not help but notice the similarities between ceremonies recognizing Vietnam vets and veterans in general and that of ceremonies recognizing cancer survivors.

“The correlations between being involved in a ‘war’ struggling for survival, being wounded or killed is very evident, at least to me, in both instances. To that personal extent, I thought the program was successful, timely and thoughtful.”

‘Lots of fun’
Making a splash in runway style was former California model Cynthia Black and resonating charm and flair onstage while in her element. Model Sandra Shank has dubbed Black “The Queen of Runway.”

Makeup artist/model Latosha Fowler opened up to Facebook friends and mentioned, “I must say I had lots of fun. Mostly because I did everything that I love to do.”

Storming the runway for Breakfast at Tiffany’s and other scenes featuring “Suits and Ties” and for the “Circle of Caring Red Carpet” models scene were: Wendy King, Maxine Paul, Pantos Ellis-Pettus, Royce Pettus, Sandra Shank, Adrian L. Worsley, Haleigh, Michele Gordon, Bianca Simone, Craig Williams, Troy, Travis, Anastasia Roumiantseva, April Williams, Sheriefe Williams, Linda Sharpe Matthews, Latosha Fowler, and model coordinator Gloria Kelly.

Women’s conference focuses on boldness

Speakers will bring hope at the Women’s Empowerment Conference, taking place at Emmanuel Church of the Living God, 54 S. Ridgewood Ave., Ormond Beach.

The conference will feature speakers the Rev. Susan Graham, who will preach Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.; Apostle Dr. Muriel Fuqua, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m., and the Rev. Thelma Reed, Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m.
Elder Anthony Marc Graham, will have the text taken from Isaiah 40:31 for “Be Bold for Change.”

Church to host Gospel/Jazz Café

The Gospel/Jazz Café has gained attention, and “you will want to come out for food, fellowship and song,” said the Rev. Gillard S. Glover, pastor of the First Church of Palm Coast – 91 Old Kings Road North.
That’s Nov. 3, 6 p.m.

The guest artist will be versatile entertainer Alvin Bell, who is noted for his electrifying and powerful vocals.
Tickets are available at First Church. The cost is $20 per person.

To order your tickets, contact the church at 386-446-5759.

MERGE Basketball Jam is Nov. 10

Hot 94.1 FM radio of Daytona with the Bridge Building Program, Christ Church, and David and Danita Blow Ministries have collaborated on bringing the MERGE Basketball Jam to the Matanzas High School Gym, 3535 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast.

That’s Nov. 10 beginning 7:30 p.m. The doors will open 7 p.m.
MERGE will feature Brandi Shannon’s live-appearance broadcast on Hot 94.1 FM radio. The FM van will be on site with surprises, free tee shirts, and other prizes.

The Basketball Jam will feature a contest between the Bridge Building Program and the Fire Department of the City of Palm Coast. Halftime entertainment will include a step exhibition from the local chapters of Black-Greek Letter organizations and a half-court shooting contest.

Kerman to perform
A special guest appearance will be made by world-recording basketball spinner Michael Kerman, who will delight the halftime crowd. Kerman’s videos have amazed YouTube viewers for years, and Merge Basketball Jam will have Kerman featured live!

Drs. David and Danita Blow of David and Danita Blow Ministries will pray and provide the spiritual vitamin from the Word of God. They will have invites and information about Christ Church and the “Alive at Five” worship experience.

All attendees will receive a MERGE backpack, and two randomly selected families will receive Thanksgiving dinner gift packages with all the trimmings for their Thanksgiving celebration.
So, please mark your calendars and plan to attend the Merge Basketball Jam, sponsored by the Bridge Building

Program, Christ Church, David and Danita Blow Ministries, and Hot 94.1 FM radio.
The admission price is $5 for adults and $2 for children. All proceeds will benefit the Bridge Building Program.

For further details, connect via email at breakitdownblow@icloud.com.

As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted, the prodigal son, or daughter, and the bereaved.

Celebrations
Birthday wishes to Karen Griffith, Nov. 2; Jatarri Booker, Nov. 3; Joanne Price, Nov. 4; Lisa Henderson-Baker, Dot Straker, Nov. 5; and Dot Singletary, Nov. 8.
Happy anniversary to Herbert and Enery Booker, Nov. 4.

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