Rocking the Runway! Models Shine at 4th Annual Pink Pearls to Save the Girls Fashion Show Fundraiser

Ladies were decked out, and dressed to the nines, for this weekend’s 4th annual Pink Pearls to Save the Girls Fashion Show fundraiser at the Scarlet Pearl Casino and Resort Saturday night.

Waging war on the runway-that’s just what models were doing at the Scarlet Pearl Casino’s Strand Event Center at Saturday night’s fundraiser.

Suited up by Dillard’s at Edgewater Mall in Biloxi, these ladies were well-equipped — even wearing stilettos-to help raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation in the fight against breast cancer.

Breast cancer survivor Christel Fritzsching has rocked the runway since the Scarlet Pearl Casino set the stage for this annual fundraising event four years ago.

“The first time it was a little nerve-racking, but then you get used to it, and just walk and hope everybody pays attention,” Christel Fritzsching said.

It was Elise Ritter’s second time to strut her stuff in this show. The youngest model in this year’s lineup, this 14-year-old cancer survivor is already a show stopper, wise beyond her years.

“Don’t take things for granted because you never know how much another person could want that so so bad like hair, I wanted hair so so bad and now I like treasure it because I remember wanting it so so bad,” Ritter said.

These models come from all different walks of life and they’re all different shapes and sizes. One thing is for certain breast cancer does not discriminate.

“This year we’re doing a slogan no one fights alone, so it’s good to just get out there. Don’t let it be you. Don’t let it consume you. You got this! Use this struggle and press on,” said Verlenda Hatten.

And that’s just what first-time model Hatten did this weekend, walking in memory of her mother and sister, who both lost their lives to breast cancer. But Verlenda is not alone –something all too clear Saturday night as the crowd cheered her on, including top executives from the Scarlet Pearl Casino who went above and beyond, as always, to make this year-round, annual investment in our local community a sure bet and pay off in more ways than one, according to Vicki Haskins, the Scarlet Pearl Casino’s Director of Promotions, Events and Entertainment.

One of the many reasons Haskins, the director of this event, likes to put this on is because it helps give back to her community.

“There funds go back into our community and we’re thrilled to death our family here at Scarlet Pearl we’re very very big in actively being in our community and raising funds and we’re just pleased to do this each year,” Haskins said.

The owners of the Scarlet Pearl Casino and Resort were among those in the crowd, as well as Scarlet Pearl’s CEO LuAnn Pappas, Karen Sock, and other Coast casino executives, all cheering on and supporting our area’s local models in Saturday night’s fashion show fundraiser. WXXV News 25’s Toni Miles served as emcee for the third year in a row.

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