Benefit Brunch and Fashion Show for ACH raises $13,500 in donations

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    TERRICA HENDRIX
    Editor

    MINERAL SPRINGS – More than 130 people attended the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Benefit Brunch and Fashion Show was held Saturday at The Black Pearl in Mineral Springs. Wendy Haddan and Gail Hearnsberger organized the show – with Haddan providing the decorations and venue (The Black Pearl) and Hearnsberger solicited donations, planned the Trendsetters fashion show. Hearnsberger also provided clothes for models to wear from her salon/boutique, Trendsetters – located at 601 N. Main St. in Nashville. The show exceeded Hearnsberger’s goal of $10,000 by raising $13,500. Kaden Peebles, a Nashville High School Senior, is a cancer survivor who aspires to tell the story of her battle over cancer in hopes to raise funds for ACH in Little Rock. Peebles explained her journey leading up to ACH. DeaAnn Richard was the co-host along with Peebles.
    In addition to the fashion show, the show also featured Porter’s Lotion, 2016 Miss Arkansas Contestant Samantha Hudon, and representatives from ACH. A silent auction was held and featured items and services donated by businesses across Arkansas.
    All proceeds and donations will go to the Oncology Unit at ACH to help fund research. Hearnsberger, a philanthropist, said she plans to make the benefit show an annual event.

    The Black Pearl
    The Black Pearl – opened last November – is an indoor and outdoor facility and full service venue located on Main Street in Mineral Springs. It has a large stage, audio and video equipment, linens, and dishes for serving. A large grill is also available. The venue is ideal for weddings, reunions, corporate events, Christmas parties, birthday receptions, fashion shows and more. The venue is owned by Wendy Haddan who said, “for weddings, our little tag line is: ‘You Buy the Dress Let Us Take Care of the Rest’.”