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UntappedAbility And Hamptons.com: ’It’s A Girls Night Fashion Show’ Taps Working Mothers For A Grand Evening

Originally Posted: January 31, 2010

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Kerry Wilkie, Andy Godfrey and Julie Lofstad of UntappedAbility backstage at Saturday's fashion show. (Eileen Casey)

Southampton - UntappedAbility (founders Kerry Wilkie, Julie Lofstad, and Andy Godfrey) presented "It's A Girls Night Fashion Show" sponsored by Hamptons.com at Southampton Inn on Saturday, January 31, showcasing the runway moves of some very attractive model/moms donning clothing, jewelry and accessories from local East End businesses, and sponsored by Hamptons.com.

Our own Nicole B. Brewer acted as Mistress of Ceremonies.

According to their mission statement "UntappedAbility" is an innovative job matching service. The company was founded on the premise that former 'stay-at-home' moms have much to offer the business world. [The] focus is to assist mothers in their return to the workforce on a schedule that fits into their lives, with many who are ready to reconnect with the business world on a full time basis...[and] will be employees of distinction." Well, Saturday's models connected to the audience with not only a great deal of distinction - but with style, poise, humor and charm - as they strutted down the runway at Southampton Inn to the delight of the nearly filled to capacity crowd.

Tapping into her own abilities, Hamptons.com Executive Editor Nicole B. Brewer acted as the evening's Mistress of Ceremonies, and kept the fashion show moving briskly with humor, excitement, warmth and encouragement, ensuring that all the models and attendees were comfortable and welcomed.

With tickets at $50 per person for the evening's events, the After Party was sponsored by White's Pharmacy of East Hampton with music provided by DJ Tommy Cerino of Needle in the Groove. A cash bar, passed hors d'œuvres, and nifty gift bags containing goodies and discounts for services from each of the sponsors handed out at the end of the evening, as well as a door prize by Nu Skin Galvanic Spa - Beauty at Home Package with a $400 retail value, including two consultations, this was an evening filled with beautiful people, wearing beautiful attire and jewels, bringing beautiful and heartfelt camaraderie to their community. The stage and runway were by Camelot Party Rentals.

Models Dr. Andrea Libutti and Cathy Seeliger.

The Model Moms And One Male
Kerry Wilkie of UntappedAbility, welcomed the guests, and wore an original creation by Alissa Smith, a tie-dyed silk dress with beach silk breaded detail and a Vim and Vigor wood necklace, and was styled by Jackie Fuchs at M Salon.

Vanessa Leggard of Hamptons.com was styled by SMITH and wore an original teal silk dress with a gold tassle lariat necklace, and hair by New Attitude Salon.

Cathy Seeliger of Roses and Rice Florist, wore an original creation from SMITH, with vintage lace applique and black silk belt, shoes from Shoe Inn, and hair styled by Brunetti.

Laura Lyons of Stony Brook Southampton, was styled by Calypso St. Barth in a cashmere eternity scarf, as well as wool and alpaca striped cardigan, with gold disk earrings by by Heather Morra, and hair by Salon Xavier.

Dr. Andrea Libutti of Peconic Bay Medical Emergency Center, wore a Calypso St. Barth nuella dress and lace raffia belt by Hat Attack, with a snakeskin cuff by Ted Rossi and gold hoop earrings by Heather Morra, and gold lariat by Citrine By The Stones. Her hair was styled by Kevin Maple Salon.

Jean MacKenzie of Four Seasons Catering, wore an ensemble from Norahs (Sharon Kerr) - wearing an autumn cashmere beaded sweater, Graham & Spencer silk tank and Ave Montaigne black leather pants, and was styled by Salon Xavier.

Model Maria Bassemir, Gabrielle Handley of Saks and model Kathy Rae.

Dana Shaw of the Southampton Press, wore a Susana Monaco purple halter dress and shoes from Shoe Inn. Her hair was styled at E Day Spa.

Maria Bassemir of Kandel, Farnworth and Pubins CPAs PC, wore a black deep V Riller & Front dress, with a Graham and Spencer leather vest, and necklace by Tuleste from Norahs, with hair styled at E Day Spa.

Jerylyn O'Connell of Southampton Hospital, wore a floral gypsy dress by Sugar Lips from TC Mens and Womens Wear, and shoes from Shoe Inn. She was styled at Kevn Maple Salon.

Kerry Wilkie thanks all involved with the special evening.

Pamela Morrison of Sportime of the Hamptons, wore a long sleeve draped cardigan by YaYa and a long tailed white dress by McTribe from TC Mens and Womens Wear, and was styled by Brunetti.

Andy Godfrey of UntappedAbility, the sole male model of the evening, was styled by Jackie Fuchs at M Salon, and wore a 7 Diamonds blue shirt, a Splendid Mill blue striped shirt, Citizen Humanities jeans, and a Cran series hat by Chrisites, all from TC Mens and Womens Wear. Godfrey also produces the "Bake This" videos that can be seen on Hamptons.com.

Patty Tagliavia of La Parmigiana Restaurant, was styled by Michelle at Style Bar, and wore a JWLA Naomi Rose Spray dress and Beverly Feldman Bora Bora Shoes, rose necklace by Swallow and cross necklace and earrings by Avindi, all from Reniassance.

Kathy Rae of Dan's Papers, wore a black Shackle shirt and black skinny pant by Bailey 44, Mandoza platform shoes by Beverly Feldman, earrings, necklace and ring by Michael Winn from LA, and a tiger striped bag by Cara Mancini - all from Reniassance, and styled by Style Bar.

Lisa and Rudy Gambino express their thanks for the generous donation to Gabby's Inspiration.

Julie Lofstad of UntappedAbility, wore a Grommet dress by Bailey 44, soldier boots by Restricted, necklace by Giles & Brother, earrings by Elizabeth Ricardo, all from Reniassance. She was styled by Elaine Campbelll at E Day Spa.

Denise Bornschein of Long Island Radio Broadcasting, wore a crocheted Booty by All Black, Red Anren Audrey jacket, Ann Ferriday sequin tank, with a bag by Sondra Roberts, 14k gold filled peace sign necklace by Avindy, Jet bugle bead earrings by Lee Angel, a green web ring from Greece by Francos, and walked the walk with an attired two-year old Maltese named Cassie, who wore a sequined black wrap coat, along with a red patent leather leash and rhinestone bow to match. Cassie's duds were from Little Lucy's Canine Courtre Boutique. Bornschein was styled at Salon Xavier.

And Those That Got Them To The Runway
All the models were expertly coiffed, styled and attired by Sharon Kerr (Norahs); Megan Shannon (Calypso); Karen LeClerc of Reniassance; designer Alissa Smith of Smith on Hampton Road; Tony Kerr of TC Mens and Womens Wear; Brunetti's (Westhampton); Jen, Elaine, and Kate from E Day Spa (Hampton Bays); the Kevin Maple Salon (Southampton); Anna from Salon Xavier (Sag Harbor); Perrie and Michelle from the Style Bar (Sag Harbor); Jackie of M Salon (East Hampton); and Vera and Gabrielle of Saks (Southampton).

Nicole B. Brewer and Hamptons.com Director of Sales (and one of the evening's models) Vanessa Leggard.

Gabby's Inspiration
The fashion show ended with the presentation of a $3,000 check from an emotional Wilkie to La Parmigiana owners, Rudy and Lisa Gambino, for Gabby's Inspiration. Gabby's Inspiration was founded by the Gambinos in memory of their five-year-old daugther, Gabriella Ashley, who passed away unexpectedly due to an undetected heart condition. The couple and their family established the Gabriella Ashley Gambino Scholarship Fund as a thank-you to the community who rallied around the family during their time of need. Both Gambinos took the stage, and Rudy Gambino, obviously struggling with his emotions, gracefully accepted the check on behalf of his family and the scholarship fund.

The ladies strutted their stuff one more time to conclude the fashion show, and then the After Party rocked the house until the wee hours with dancing, goodwill and fun for all those who tapped into their pockets, hearts and community spirit for an organization and worthy charity that brought East Enders together to heat it up on a very cold winter night. Kudos to all!

For more information on UntappedAbility go to www.untappedability.com.

For more information on Gabby's Inspiration go to www.gabbysinspiration.org.

And the gang's all here - participants in Saturday's UntappedAbility event at Southampton Inn. (Tommy Cerino)

Eileen Casey spent many years working in the television and music industries in New York City on the "ABC In Concert" weekly series, as well as several prime time network and cable television specials. An award-winning journalist, editor, and artist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com, she enjoys staying warm in Charleston and cool in the Hamptons.


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Guest (Christine) from The Hamptons Tan says::
Nicole, you look fabulous in your fuscia dress and airbrush tan from The Hamptons Tan!!
Feb 2, 2010 7:14 pm

Guest (jam) from southampton says::
More pictures please!!
Feb 1, 2010 1:04 pm


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