By Alicia Doyle, Ventura County Star

Proceeds from a fashion show, wine tasting and screening of “The Devil Wears Prada” will go toward day care scholarships at Senior Concerns for low-income seniors with memory impairment.

The Second Chance Fashion Show will be at 11:30 a.m. May 22 at Bogart’s Bar & Grill at Muvico Theaters in Thousand Oaks. Cost is $55 per person. The deadline for reservations is May 14.

There will be a wine tasting sponsored by Cantara Cellars and silent auction.

“Then the show begins,” said Andrea Gallagher, president of Senior Concerns, of the fashion show hosted by Chico’s, with shoes by Toms. Each outfit will be paired by an item from Senior Concerns Bargain Boutique and Thrift Shop. The movie will follow the fashion show and auction.

“This is a brand-new fundraiser … for Senior Concerns,” Gallagher said. “We hope to earn $8,000 to provide a few full scholarships for low-income seniors with advanced dementia who by themselves or through their family cannot afford our safe and therapeutic program of adult day care.”

With a growing need to address senior issues, “We are now even more challenged,” said David Catlin, chairman of the board of Senior Concerns. “This makes our fundraising events even more critical to our financial health.”

Senior Concerns supports three senior programs needed in Ventura and western Los Angeles County, Gallagher said, “providing care for those experiencing dementia; offering support, information and referrals for caregivers; and helping to solve food insecurity and malnutrition of seniors.”

Senior Concerns is challenged to find new ways to meet the community’s needs because of less government support, fewer grants and more seniors fighting challenging economic conditions, Gallagher said.

Call 497-0189 to register for the fashion show.

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