Gloria Landreth, owner of Hair Dynamix and coordinator of the night’s event, decided she wanted to have some fun with it, so she and her fellow hairstylists put on a style/fashion show at the Beeville Expo Center. And the community embraced it.
It was a mixture of a runway fashion show and a hair show rolled into one. Men and women models strutted across the stage and down a catwalk. Music boomed and lights flashed.
Plus, the audience was treated to some very interesting, over-the-top clothing that looked like they were stolen right out of Lady Gaga’s closet.
The one that stood out the most was an ornate balloon dress made out of, well, balloons.
Stephanie Serna, a hair stylist at Hair Dynamix, said, “I think the crowd forgot they were in Beeville.”
An exciting night
Randy Cothes, the owner of four area McDonald’s restaurants, attended the fundraiser in which his daughter also participated as one of the models.
Cothes said, “Gloria’s done a great job. She’s worked hard all year for this.”
And it was also a chance for Beevillians to strut their stuff on the runway, even if it was just for one night.
“It was fun last year, and this year, it seems a lot bigger and a lot more fun,” said Elyssa Mann, one of the night’s models.
“I want to be a game warden, so this is totally not what I want to do, but I enjoy doing it.”
Brian Sumner, one of the male models, said, “I’m doing it as a favor to Gloria and for the Ronald McDonald House, because it’s a good cause.”
William Santry, another of the models recruited by Landreth, said, “Gloria asked me about a year ago and, obliviously, I wanted to do it because Gloria is such a sweet person, and I love helping people. That’s two big reasons right there.”
“I hope everything we do here can positively affect the Ronald McDonald House.”
The Corpus Christi Ronald McDonald House manager, Rachel Martinez, was also in attendance to show her support. She said, “The Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home for families who travel to meet the medical needs of their children.”
“Beeville, being one of the small towns close to Corpus Christi, houses many families that have needed our services. We’re very thankful that we can reach this far out into the community.”
All the money raised through ticket sales and donations that night, amounting to $10,362, went to help the Ronald McDonald House, with all the models and servers volunteering their time and effort.
Martinez said, “We are a nonprofit organization so most of our funding does come from fundraising or private donors and other programs that we have to help sustain the finances of the house.
“We’re able to keep our doors open because of businesses like Hair Dynamix that are going out of their way to do a fundraiser for our house.”
House families join in
Two of the local families that the Ronald McDonald House has helped were also in attendance. The younger ones actually got in on the action during a small segment towards the end, carrying flags across the stage and catwalk.
This is the second year Landreth and her team at Hair Dynamix were able to meet their lofty goal.
“As far as doing the fundraiser again next year,” Landreth said, “we do it every other year.
“When you have people who care and are complete strangers, it just adds to the healing power that much more.”
Thanks all around
Martinez said, “I want to say ‘thank you’ to Beeville for embracing us and our home. Thank you to all the Beeville community for the support to the Ronald McDonald House.”
Landreth added, “Thank you to the Beeville McDonald’s family, Randy and Kathy Cothes, and their staff.
“Team Hair Dynamix will always strive to help out the community.”