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Victoria Professional Express Network hosts fashion show

July 16, 2014 at 2:16 a.m.

Christina Cook, Victoria Professional Express Network chairwoman of the fashion show, left, and VPEN President Ann Moore-Hill, right, talk with guest before the  show at Spring Creek Place Event Center.

The seventh annual Victoria Professional Express Network Fashion Show was a masquerade ball complete with high class and mystery.

Wednesday's fashion show theme was decided on when the network hosted a mask design contest and realized it was a good way to tie it all together, said Network President Ann Moore-Hill.

More than 20 masks were entered in the contest. The first-place winner wins a trip to Las Vegas for two nights. Her mask was chosen by the Victoria Art League and auctioned off at the end of the evening.

Wednesday's event at the Spring Creek Place Event Center featured a catered dinner, silent auction, photo station, award ceremony and, of course, the show.

Erin Cude, 31, of Victoria, modeled for the fashion show and felt nervous as she got her hair styled.

"I am just scared of tripping and falling on my face," she said.

The fashion show featured clothing from local boutiques and stores such as Beth-A-Belle, Tanique Etcetera, Golden Wings, Foster Creek Station, Days Gone Bye!, Dillard's, Jade and Madalynn Bridal Boutique and All About The Dress.

During the show's intermission, three scholarships were given out to Breanna Plunkett, Maura Bennett and Megan Tuttle.

Plunkett, 29, of Victoria, received the $1,000 Victoria College Impact Scholarship.

"As a mom of two kids who works full time, it is a blessing to get this scholarship and invest in myself," she said.

Plunkett is attending Victoria College to earn her teaching degree and has been a member of the network for three years.

"After working with these women, I want to join the VPEN. I am a new small business owner, and it is great way to get out there and be a part of this great community of women," said Cari Laza Orsak, 35, of Victoria.

Orsak did the marketing for the event.

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