Fund-raiser boosts SafeSpot

“Ooo’s” and “ahhh’s” emanated from the crowd of fashion show goers at the end of the show when child models strutted their stuff in front of their parents and friends of SafeSpot in 2016. Front row: Katie Morgan, Gabriella Bitar of Great Falls; Vyanna Larson of Vienna, Connor Morgan and SafeSpot’s faciity dog, Pecos. Second row: Lauren Lovallo; Sophia Ades, Sophia Curcio, Mya Curcio, Jude Keating, Brannon Shaller and John Bitar.

On Oct. 16, Bloomingdale’s hosted the fourth annual “Passion for Fashion” fall fashion show to benefit SafeSpot Children’s Advocacy Center, a child-friendly location focused on providing safety, support and comprehensive services for child victims of abuse in Fairfax County.  

The event garnered more than $80,000 to support the organization. WRC-TV reporter Melissa Mollet served as mistress of ceremonies.

“We are grateful for the generosity of so many sponsors and event participants who have made possible the continuation of critical services for children who disclose that they have been abused,” event co-chairs Melissa Larson and Erin West said. “For the fourth year, Bloomingdale’s has stepped forward as key sponsor of this event, along with presenting sponsors Tina and Gary Mather and Nicholas Clark, both of Great Falls.”

Participants enjoyed a champagne brunch, raffle of exclusive items such as a Ferragamo bag and Washington Capitals tickets, as well as a silent auction featuring vacation homes and a weekend lease of a high-end Audi.  

The fashion show featured fall styles and concluded with local children who captivated the audience. The piece-de-resistance was child model Vyanna Larson escorted by SafeSpot’s yellow lab facility dog, Pecos.  Pecos is an important member of the SafeSpot team; he specializes in helping children who come to SafeSpot feel calm and safe as they tell the story of the abuse they have experienced.

For more information, see the SafeSpot Web site at

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