Downtown Kenosha has been a long time home to many in our business community. If you come downtown, you cannot stop in one shop without hearing the recommendations of a few more places you absolutely have to visit while you are here. They’ll complement each other, tell stories about helping each other over the years, and will passionately vouch for each other’s success as being part of working together. They champion new businesses and help foster growth in the area. So it should come as no surprise that Downtown Kenosha would be a place that works together to pull off a memorable event that does so much good in the community.
This October 4th with a collaboration from S.J. Crystal’s and Jax Boutique, sponsored by Rustic Road and hosted at Stella Hotel and Ballroom, these local destinations are putting on “The Show” – a fashion show that will benefit Women and Children’s Horizons. All the proceeds will go to this nonprofit organization that serves families in the community to provide support, shelter, education, training and healing services to victims of sexual and domestic abuse.
Tickets for the event are being sold at S.J. Crystal’s, Jax Boutique, and Rustic Road Brewing Company for only $40.00 which includes catered delectables from Chef David’s and Scoops, live music from the incredibly talented Ben Mulwana, a cash bar, sponsored vendors, raffles, and local giveaways generously provided by our Kenosha businesses. Doors Open at 7 PM and the program will start at 8PM. VIP passes were originally offered at a limited quantity, but the organizers were proud to report the VIP sold out almost instantly. And they should be proud! This collaborative is bringing in a show never before seen to our Downtown! This high end fashion show features perfectly curated looks designed from Jax Boutique and S.J. Crystal’s, with the results premiering three segments, 25 models, stunningly powerful looks, and tons of WOW factor.
Speaking with Lew Aceto, fourth generation owner of the men’s fashion store S.J. Crystal’s, he was thrilled to talk about this event. When asked why Women and Children’s Horizons, why a show? – he spoke fondly of the generation of his parents, of their dedication to Women and Children’s Horizons, and how this organization impacts so many people every day. “It is an issue that isn’t talked about; it’s hush, hush so often, [but] this organization is saving lives. You never know who has benefited from their place in the community, and we are happy to bring forward a platform to speak about the cause, bring awareness, [and let the public know] what’s actually needed.”
Continuing with the tradition of paying it forward he also spoke of the long ago stores that sprinkled 6th Avenue with high fashion, jewelry, and style – of how in that time, those stores were part of holding a high standard for community and pride in being in Kenosha. To pay tribute to this time seems in many ways the inspiration of the event. This inspiration was then taken up a notch by program organizer Shad DeLacy, who Lew credits for all the success in manifesting the group’s ideas and getting so many to rally behind the event. They could not emphasize enough the generosity of what the entire community has shown in way of donations, of time, or products and services. The participation and generosity of the event sponsors is making this event a success even before the doors open. It’s taken a village to make it happen, months of planning and painstaking detail, and ultimately hearts of gold in making this a success. “The Show” happening Friday October 4th, is sure to be THE talked about benefit of Kenosha for years to come!