Unpredictable gears up for another run down the catwalk

Still Unpredictable! That’s the name of this year's third annual Unpredictable Fashion Show benefiting the Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce. Scheduled for Sunday, April 27, at Play Dance Bar on Church Street, the event is sure to live up to its name yet again!

Every year the event comes through with their promise of “unpredictable surprises" and top-notch fashions. Last year it was the Plexiglas tickets that became very much a one-of-a kind keepsake. The event also had special 3-D glasses with photos of the models that were put in the VIP gift bags. The community is already abuzz over what unpredictable things will be planned this year.

Co-chairs Michael Fluck and Jerry Jones have a lofty, but worthwhile, goal of raising more than $15,000 for the Nashville GLBT chamber of Commerce. The event is the largest yearly fundraiser for the Chamber.

“The money goes toward the Chamber’s mission, which is to advance common business interests, economic growth and equality in the workplace and society for its GLBT members, businesses and allies by providing educational, networking and community-building opportunities," states Jones.

The show is presented this year by the Radisson Hotel Nashville Airport and Bridgestone. But the event pulls from all corners of the community, including opportunities for boutiques, those willing to donate items to the silent auction, Platinum and Silver sponsorship, gift bag contributions, volunteers and more...truly something for just about everyone.

Several businesses have already responded to the call for sponsorships for this year's show. They include:

  • Platinum level: The Richards Group and Out & About Newspaper  
  • Gold level:  Inside Out Nashville, Anode, Gish Sherwood & Friends, Play Dance Bar, The Edge Salon
  • Silver level:  Levelwing, The Blooming Boutique

"Each year Unpredictable puts on a stellar display of the latest fashions and hottest models. We've had tremendous support from our sponsors and we appreciate their support,” exclaims Jones.

The show began as the brainchild of O&AN Editor and Creative Director Brent Meredith, who was trying to come up with a fundraiser that was different from what the community was already doing.

“I had taken note of a couple of other, smaller fashion shows in the area outside of our community that had moderate success, and I knew our extremely creative and resourceful community could really put on a quality, high-fashion show that would rival any of those in the professional fashion industry. Three years into a wildly successful 'Unpredictable' run, I believe we’ve accomplished exactly that,” states Meredith.

Since Meredith launched “Unpredictable” three years ago, the event has catered to sell out crowds, as well as boutiques and designers actually approaching the committee and asking to be a part of the show.

“As I’ve watched the show from both the audience’s perspective and back stage, I’ve been overwhelmed and proud to see such professionalism and dedication among everyone involved...models, volunteers, silent auction donors, sponsors, hair stylists, makeup artists, designers...really everyone comes together as one big unit, and that has only improved and grown over time. I think the show will continue to exceed expectations for years to come,” Meredith notes.

Ticket prices are the same as last year:

  • $60 - VIP - advance purchase and provides a seat in the stage area, along with a special Still Unpredictable gift bag. There are only 90 VIP tickets, and these tickets typically sell-out well in advance of the event.
  • $25 - General Admission - advance purchase
  • $30 - General Admission - at the door on the day of the event 

All tickets include admission to the silent auction and the special "Still Unpredictable" food buffet, catered by Ideal Catering again this year. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the fashion show will begin at 7 p.m.

It’s highly advised those interested visit the GLBT Chamber Website, www.nashvilleglbtchamber.org, to purchased their tickets as soon as possible to avoid missing out on this incredible event. For volunteer or sponsorship opportunities, readers can email the event at unpredictable@nashvilleglbtchamber.org.

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