The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 14, 2014

'Say Yes to Hospice' will sweep into Black Knight

It’s a night of fashion, food, art and fun at the Black Knight Country Club and those sponsoring the event say it’s all going to a great cause.

Hospice of Southern West Virginia is dressing to the nines to host “Say Yes to Hospice,” a night of elegance hosted by Monte Durham of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress - Atlanta.”

“Say Yes to Hospice” will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at Black Knight Country Club. Local shops are donating items for a fashion show and local residents have volunteered to be models.

Monte Durham, a Fayette County native, is also donating an evening gown and his entire line of hair-care products to be auctioned off for the cause.

“I actually have been involved with hospice for over 20 years,” Durham said. “In Virginia it’s called ‘Capital Caring.’ I used to do volunteer work for hospice in the ‘80s. A very, very dear and close friend of mine was admitted into hospice. He was on his own at that time. His family was never around.

“I started helping out with his care and managing his health care. I helped him get to and from appointments. I saw how great and caring hospice really was and how dedicated they are to the patient’s comfort.

“I was inspired by how well they took care of him, even though they didn’t know him,” he said. “They treated him like a brother. That inspired me to lend my hand to help.

“Now, with being on TV and being somewhat of a celebrity, I just think it’s what I need to do to help give back and help those who don’t have families. It’s just a great thing to do. I feel very good about it.”

Durham will be lending his fashion expertise to Hospice of Southern West Virginia for the night.

“I work in fashion and I come from a ready-wear background,” he said. “The clothing will be ready-to-wear. Not only will we talk about fashion as it sits with the latest trends and what we’re seeing on the runway, but also what we’re seeing on the streets. It transitions differently. I’m also trained and licensed as a hairdresser. I’m licensed as a hairdresser in West Virginia and Virginia.

“We’re going to talk about styling from head-to-toe. We’ll talk about makeup, accessories and some of the styles we see on the runway. There are keynotes in the fashion industry that stay prominent, such as color, style, fit and fabrics. I go to New York twice a year to see the latest styles and fashions in bridal, but while we’re there, we also check out sportswear, home-wear, and cover it all.”

Durham said he’s just happy he can be a part of such a great cause.

“What is so special about hospice is that you learn that hospice care comes in many colors and many helping hands,” he said. “There are just so many people reaching out to help. It’s an incredible organization.”

Tickets to the event are $50 per person. For more information about “Say Yes to Hospice,” to order tickets, or to become a sponsor, call Josh Jones at 304-255-6404.

— E-mail: cneff@register-herald.com

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