Fresh Fashion Finds: St. Francis to Host Annual Garden Party by the Sea June 20

Jun 11, 2018

Fashion. Food. Friends. What could be better? St. Francis of Assisi Parish’s seventh annual Garden Party by the Sea: A Fashion Show will be held on Wednesday, June 20, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at Bonnet Island Estate in Stafford Township. With waterfront views of Barnegat Bay and a stunning ballroom, it is the perfect setting for an afternoon of entertainment.

The show will highlight the newest summer collections and finest fashions from our beloved local clothing boutiques: The Island Shop, Patchington, Sink ’R Swim, Tula Boutique and Wildflower. The trends will range from daytime to eveningwear, casual to formal looks, and everything in between.

“There will be an eclectic mix of clothing for both men and women,” according to Lori Dudek, St. Francis’ special events, public relations and volunteer coordinator. Dudek serves as the liaison between the fashion show committee and the parish. She and the committee, comprised of eight parishioners, are extremely dedicated to making this event fun and successful, year after year.

The fashion show was originally held onsite at St. Francis of Assisi Church Hall or St. Francis Community Center in Brant Beach, but has since evolved into a grander affair. For the past 25 years, St. Francis has hosted the fashion show to raise funds for its parish programs, as well as to build relationships among community members. In fact, the friars, sisters and parishioners will be the models for the evening.

David Schmid’s Spice Catering will be providing delicious food and beverages on the patio, while Paul Pestritto, Ray Bohn and Davie Weiner will serenade guests with music throughout the show. Test your luck and purchase Chance Auction and 50/50 tickets or partake in the Wine Pull for a chance to win a bottle of wine. The fashion show, located in the grand ballroom, will run from 4:15 until approximately 5:30 p.m.

Tickets for the Garden Party by the Sea fashion show are $45 per person, and are available for purchase at the front desk at St. Francis Community Center (4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach). Call 609-494-8861 or visit for more information. (Hurry, tickets will sell out quickly!)  —S.W.

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