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Rotary hits the runway

Oshawa residents have their chance to get an up close look at the newest and hottest fall fashions while supporting a wide variety of community projects at the same time.

Members of The Rotary Club of Oshawa – Parkwood are busy preparing for their first annual fall fashion show, “Runway for Rotary,” at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, being held Sunday, Sept. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is located at 72 Queen Street in downtown Oshawa.

The proceeds from the event will be used to support valuable community service projects such as The Kids Safety Village of Durham Region, Lakeridge Health Oshawa, the R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre, Participation House (for mentally and physically challenged adults), Grandview Children’s Centre, Simcoe Hall Settlement House, Durham College’s new Centre for Collaborative Education, Ontario Tech University, various youth programs at Durham Region YMCA, the eradication of polio through Rotary International’s End Polio Now Campaign,  and assistance for students at Mary Street Community School, just to name a few.

The Runway Show will feature men’s and women’s fall apparel by Laura and Verona Suits.

Laura is a proudly Canadian brand that celebrates each woman by offering curated wardrobe collections for life’s everyday – and the exceptional – moments. By merging timeless style and contemporary details with exceptional fit and a highly personalized customer experience, the Laura woman feels as good as she looks in comfortable, beautiful outfits for every occasion. The company operates more than 140 Laura and Melanie Lyne stores across Canada together with a very successful e-commerce website. There are stores locally, including those at the Oshawa Centre.

From Europe to Canada, Verona Suits is an excellent source for privately-labelled, moderately priced menswear. From formal wear to sportswear, outerwear to dress shoes and accessories, Verona Suits strives to dress each of their customers appropriately for the occasion.

Verona Suits also has a convenient local location at the Oshawa Centre.

“We would like to thank all of our generous sponsors throughout Durham Region, who are helping to make the Rotary fashion show a big success, including The Oshawa Express, Bella Note Ristorante in Whitby, Chatterpaul’s Restaurant in Whitby, The Baker’s Table in Oshawa, Shrimp Cocktail in Oshawa, Jewellery by Tina Lee, and Revolution Salon & Spa in Courtice,” event chair and director of community youth services for the Rotary Club of Oshawa – Parkwood Janice Coupland says.

Tickets for the event are $50 per person and are available from every member of the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood, by calling past president Dave Andrews at 905-576-0187 or by email at

The Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood has been serving Durham Region for more than 40 years through various fundraising endeavours. For more information about Rotary or to become a member, contact membership director Stanley Igboanugo at or membership chair Heather Drakes at .

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