Archive for Thursday, May 17, 2007

Fashion show doubles as fundraiser

May 17, 2007

Lansing resident Venera Lambert is showing her appreciation to the people who helped her 4-year-old daughter's burned hand last year by sharing something she loves: fashion.

This Saturday, she and her husband, Bill, will play host to the inaugural "Wings to Fly" fashion show to raise money for the Midwest Regional Burn Foundation, which benefits the Burnett Burn Center at the University of Kansas Hospital, where their daughter Danielle received treatment.

Danielle suffered significant second- and third-degree burns on her left hand after it was caught in a treadmill last year at a judo tournament. The Lamberts were so impressed with the care and attention the Burnett Burn Center's medical and nursing staff provided, that they decided to start a fundraiser to give back.

"They share someone's pain every day, and they don't lose their spirit," Venera Lambert said. "I needed to say thank you."

The funds from their fashion show will contribute to the procurement of a Laser Doppler Imaging device, which helps in early detection of burned scar tissue.

The fashion show will feature two local designers' collections. The designers are Myong Ki Speese of "My Design" and April Geyman Wallace. Speese said she was excited to participate because when her daughter was 1 year old, she was badly burned on her hip from hot water.

Several dress rehearsals for the fashion show have been at Deena Shroyer's School of Dance in Leavenworth. Shroyer taught the approximately 25 models how to pose, turn and have fun with the audience, she said.

The event will also include a wine-tasting, light hors d'oeuvres, live music, silent and live auctions and a makeup master class. Elizabeth Alex of NBC Action News will be the emcee.

The event started small, but Bill Lambert said he liked to make things "big" and something to be proud of. He said he also wants to educate people about the accident his daughter had, because it's more common than he thought.

Danielle wears a brace at night and her parents massage her tiny hand three to four times each day. This summer she will have her first surgery to release scar tissues. Bill Lambert said there was a "good chance" Danielle would need surgery over the next eight to 10 years.

The fundraising event will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Helzberg Auditorium and Roof Terrace of the Kansas City Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, Mo. For information about tickets to the fundraiser, contact Bill Lambert at (913) 702-4696 or at


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