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Fashion show features local award winning designer to benefit Other Options Food Pantry

Designer Alice Stella Thomas Kelsey’s work will be showcased at the Walk This Way Fashion Show in Oklahoma City. ©2013 Maureen Van Mortis Photography, Model-Rachel Odom, MUA & HAIR-Makeup by Barby, Beverly Hills.
Designer Alice Stella Thomas Kelsey’s work will be showcased at the Walk This Way Fashion Show in Oklahoma City. ©2013 Maureen Van Mortis Photography, Model-Rachel Odom, MUA & HAIR-Makeup by Barby, Beverly Hills.

By Darla Shelden
Contributing Writer
Oklahoma City will experience the sights and sounds of fashion, entertainment, art, music and food on Saturday, May 18 at the 2nd Annual Walk This Way Fashion Show, benefiting Other Options Food Pantry.

The sensory extravaganza will be held from 7 p.m. – midnight at the Farmers Market Event Center, 311 S. Klein Ave., in Oklahoma City. An art gallery and silent and live auctions will also be featured.

The evening will showcase award-winning designer Alice Stella Thomas Kelsey, and Oklahoma’s own native Jeffery Hammons of Jeffrey Hammons Design.
All proceeds from the event will benefit Other Options, an Oklahoma City food pantry that provides food and other items to more than 1,200 adults and children, with a focus on those affected by HIV and AIDS, each month.

“This is an unprecedented event for Oklahoma City,” said Walk This Way Fashion Show Event Chair Lizz Caywood.

“The designers who have contributed to this fashion show are helping put Oklahoma City on the map.”

From Stillwater, Oklahoma, Stella Thomas earned a marketing degree from Stanford University and a degree in fashion design from the International Fashion Training Center’s Paris American Design Academy. Her philosophy is that a designer must be original and find ways of placing her own signature on each piece.

“It is very rewarding to be able to give back and help those who have been affected by such a life altering illness,” Stella said. “Having witnessed it first hand, I know the toll it can take on someone’s life. I hope to be able to restore their quality of life as best as I can. I am very passionate about the work of Other Options.”

A winner of numerous accolades, she is a designer of high-end wedding and evening gowns under the label Stella Thomas. She has dressed Miss All Nation, Miss Indiana, Miss Thailand World and Miss Oklahoma.

Emcees for the evening will be Oklahoma City’s KFOR-TV personality Scott Hines, and Lyric Theatre actor Jeffrey Meek.

All VIP seating includes a reception before and after the fashion show, valet parking, and a preview to all silent auction and art gallery items featuring works by artists such as C. Lynn Mallett, Brian Palmer and Ray Tennyson III.

In addition to the fashion show, a VIP ticket allows event-goers to experience Oklahoma’s entertainment duo “Lucky,” as well as a variety of delicacies created by some of Oklahoma City’s finest chefs.

“We are becoming a progressive city,” Caywood added. “An event of this magnitude with designers of this caliber are making people nationwide really take note of what we have going on here.”

Chad Taber of Salon W along with Mirror Image Salon will be participating in the fashion show and Range of Motion Dance Studio will be performing through-out the evening.

One of the event’s newest sponsors is US Foods. Its Executive Chef Rob Johnson, winner of the 2013 Foodie Favorite Award, will be serving up palate enticing creations for the VIP area.

Other sponsors include MOOD, New Leaf, Iguana Mexican Grill, C Lizz Caywood, Kings Limousine, Scott Flenner, Greg Pruitt, Bret Streetman, First Citizen Bank, The Iguana Cafe OKC, Gina Love, Valir Health and

Mary Arbuckle, Director of Other Options said, “Oklahomans have always been known for coming together to support a good cause. The Walk This Way Fashion Show allows everyone to share that spirit and have an elegant evening of fashion and entertainment.”

Other Options, Inc., located at 3636 N.W. 51 St., provides food, resources, services, and education to at-risk individuals and families. The primary program is the Friends Food Pantry, which provides nutrient dense food, nutrition formula, and toiletries to over 1,200 adults and children able to shop monthly.

A delivery program for homebound and bedfast individuals and families that provides food baskets and easy to prepare meals is also offered.
To purchase tickets to the Walk This Way Fashion Show, call 405-605-8020 or for more information, visit

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