Holiday Fashion Show to Benefit Local Organization, Pals Thrive


Butler Enterprises will host the first annual holiday fashion show, Deck The Runway, on Friday, November 19th at 6PM. It will be an evening of fun, fashion, and philanthropy celebrating the latest styles from local retailers.  

For the inaugural show, Butler Enterprises partnered with PALS THRIVE. PALS THRIVE is provides free counseling and mental health services to teens within a school environment focusing on bullying, suicide, and violence prevention. This program offers an altruistic atmosphere in schools where mental illness is understood, diversity is supported, and all teens feel included and valued. PALS THRIVE is in all public high schools in Gainesville, Florida. PALS THRIVE was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and won the prestigious Sapphire Award, from Blue Foundation. PALS THRIVE relies on donations for support and expansion to other schools in our area. All proceeds raised from sponsorships and ticket sales will go to PALS THRIVE and expand its impact and help make our local community a better place.

Deck The Runway will be the event of the holiday season. Guests will be greeted with live Christmas music performed by the local jazz band, Giselle and Erik, as they mingle in the enchanting space transformed into a winter wonderland by Keith Watson Events. Dine on delicious bites and festive cocktails from your favorite Butler restaurants such as 4Rivers, Bonefish, Whole Foods, Total Wine, and more. Make sure to check out the champagne wall for the perfect place to snap an Instagram-worthy photo. 

Models will slay the runway in festive styles from the most popular local boutiques and retailers. The curated collections will include pieces from Anthropologie, Narcissus, Alumni Hall, REI, CycleBar, Agapanthus, Pink Narcissus, and exquisite jewelry from The Village Jeweler. Sephora’s professional Beauty Advisors will use the latest beauty techniques and makeup products so that every model dazzles in the spotlights. 

For VIP ticket holders, The Village Jeweler will host a private cocktail hour (6PM – 7PM) in their boutique for an exclusive sneak-peek at the Estate Jewelry collection from famed jeweler, John Angelo, of New York. There will also be an intimate musical performance and special offerings throughout the store. 

 During the first hour of the event (6PM – 7PM), The Village Jeweler will host the VIP ticket holders in their store for an exclusive sneak-peek at the Estate Jewelry collection with collector John Angelo, an intimate musical performance, and more.

From statement jewelry to home improvement packages, guests will have an exciting assortment of high quality items to bid on at the silent auction. All money raised during Deck The Runway will go directly to funding PALS THRIVE in our local Gainesville high schools. 

The co-presenting sponsors of Deck The Runway are Bosshardt Family of Companies and North Florida Cataract Specialists and Vision Care.

Bosshardt Realty Services, LLC  was founded in 1987 by Carol Bosshardt. Her vision was to create a suite of real estate services under one roof to better serve her clients. Today, the Bosshardt family of companies offers real estate services that include Property Management, Community Association Management, Maintenance Services, mini storage units, Title Insurance,  Residential, Multifamily, Commercial leasing and sales,  land sales, and a New Homes and Communities Division. Currently, Carol’s son Aaron Bosshardt, owns and operates Bosshardt Realty, and his wife, Kim, a Florida Board Certified Real Estate Attorney, owns and operates Bosshardt Title Insurance. Carol owns and operates Bosshardt Property Management. Bosshardt’s industry-leading Associates are guaranteed to provide prosperous outcomes for all of its clients. This experienced team’s goal has always been to provide “true customer service.”

Dr. Gregory D. Snodgrass, a premier ophthalmologist practicing in the Gainesville area since 1987, has always had a passion to provide the community with a place that offers a wide range of quality eye care services and treatments for the entire family. In 2016, Dr. Snodgrass was able to do just that when he founded North Florida Cataract Specialists and Vision Care, complete with state-of-the-art equipment, skilled staff, and experienced physicians. Offering everything from comprehensive eye examinations to diagnose and monitor diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes, and macular degeneration; to routine exams including glasses prescriptions and contact lens fittings. They are also equipped with two optical boutiques run by licensed opticians who can help find the perfect designer frames for any face. Dr. Snodgrass and his team of knowledgeable physicians specialize in laser-assisted cataract surgery, corneal transplants, LipiFlow dry eye treatments, low vision reading devices, and more!

Deck The Runway will be held at Main Street in Butler Town Center. The event begins at 6PM on Friday, November 19th.

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