A local salon is once again putting its talents towards supporting an area women's shelter with the avant garde runway makeup and hair show UNboxed.
This is the third UNboxed, runway style hair and makeup design show Alluring Salon and owner Chasity Bogard, Hutsonville, have put on for SWAN (Stopping Women Abuse Now) center in Olney.
SWAN consist of a women's shelter, a homeless shelter and seven outreach offices covering 16 counties. State of Illinois budget crisis had seen the homeless shelter close for a time, and has caused a Centralia based program to close. SWAN has taken on the five counties they served, according to Executive Director Linda Bookwalter.
They are a Crawford County United Way partner, and SWAN is funded in whole or part by the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Illinois Department on Aging.
SWAN is not just a women's shelter program, they provide a number of other service to disadvantage persons. Starting with the crisis telephone line, SWAN provides shelter, transportation, counseling and referral services. The work with clients to provide legal advocacy, and transitional services to permanent housing and life skills.
SWAN also works with the elderly and disabled through adult protective services. Victims who are 18 years of age and older who are disable, and those 60 years old or older who has someone abusing them can receive help. They can also provide Ombudsman services to protect and promote the rights and quality of life for those who reside in long term care facilities.
A temporary homeless shelter also provides short term housing, clothing assistance and transportation as well as counseling.
Bookwalter said many of their programs are matching grant funded, and assistance from fundraisers like the UNboxed show go a longway to helping provide those services. "We have been very greatful for their support," said Bookwalter.
Bogard said they have raised over $11,000 from their first two UNboxed events, and hope to improve on that success this year.
For those unfamiliar with UNboxed, it is an avant garde show that presents the artistic side of each of the Alluring Salon stylists. "We prepare all year for our designs," said Bogard. "Our show is definitely out of the box."
Bogard herself has spent the last few year providing hair designs for a popular designer during Fashion Week in New York City, and spends several weeks a year traveling and training across the country, just so she can bring those styles and designs back home to share with clients and her staff.
This year's UNboxed theme is Circus.
"I'm so excited about my segment this year!" said Bogard. "I wanted to let you know what it is so you could share the beauty of the concept. Each of the stylists have put together their segment with the overall theme, Circus!"
"My segment is a progression of a women who feels defeated, but finds her strength and discovers who God says she is. It is titled Circus Queen "Run Away to Main Stage", said Bogard. "My first model will be representing the defeated woman. She will be followed by six models each representing a step in the "healing process." The hair and makeup are my interpretation of what that step would look like visually!"
Tickets are still available for the Saturday, Nov. 10 event being held at Irene's Vineyard, south of Oblong from 7 to 10 p.m. For direction got to their Facebook page. General admission is $50, with VIP $75, and a limited number of special VIP available for $100. All proceeds from ticket sales go to SWAN.
This is a black and white cocktail attire event unlike any other.
Decor and catering is provided by Empty Pockets Creations. Tickets can be purchased buy calling or stopping by Alluring Salon, 409 E. Clover, Hutsonville, 563-4144. You can also learn more about the event by going to their Facebook page.
They are also collecting other items such as diapers and feminine supplies for donation to the shelter, during regular business hours at the salon.
For more information about SWAN or to donate directly to them go to their web page at swandvhl.org.