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Royal Luncheon Raises $40K for Bellevue Performing Arts Center

Last Friday's popular Silhouettes of Style-A Royal Affair luncheon and fashion show raised $40,000 to benefit the Tateuchi Center Campaign. The women of the Act Two Guild presented their annual spring event to raise funds and community awareness to support the highly anticipated world-class performing arts center to be located in downtown Bellevue.

The annual benefit event drew nearly 300 people to The Westin Bellevue for a dynamic spring runway fashion show presented by The Bellevue Collection. The show featured the hottest new styles of the season, including a segment titled Proper Lady in honor of the royal wedding of Prince William and Ms. Kate Middleton, which took place the same day. Other fashion themes seen on the runway were The Minimalist, Print Renegade, White Out, 70s Homage, Bright Delight, Nautical Nuances, Sahara, and Special Occasion.

Participating apparel merchants for the 2011 show included: 7 For All Mankind, Ann Taylor, Arden B., Aritzia, Banana Republic, Caché, Eileen Fisher, Gap, HUGO BOSS, Lacoste, Lucky Brand, Louie Permelia, Macy's, ROAD Apparel, Trillium Custom Tailoring and Design, Vince, White House Black Market, and Zebra Club.  Footwear was provided by Banana Republic, Report Footwear, DOMINO, Zebra Club, and Aerosoles and the fabulous accessories were from DOMINO, Vera Bradley, and Montblanc. Hair and make-up were provided by Seven the Salon and Sephora.

"We are thrilled at the participation from such an impressive and varied group of fashion stores in this year's runway show," said Jennifer Leavitt, vice president of marketing for The Bellevue Collection. "The line-up resulted in a sensational show that was very well-received by the audience."

The fundraising focal point of the event was the Getting to Groundbreaking Fund–A-Need, which raised $40,000 to benefit the Tateuchi Center Campaign. "Tateuchi Center is going to be an incredible venue for arts, entertainment, and education," says Michele Phillips-Baransky, event chair and Act Two Guild vice president. "When I think about building this Center, I think about how wonderful it will be to see my four-year old daughter dancing on stage with other young ballerinas. I'm so thankful to everyone who contributed to this effort to get Tateuchi Center into the ground."

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About Tateuchi Center
Tateuchi Center is poised to become one of the premier performing arts venues in the Pacific Northwest and the first of its kind in the burgeoning area across Lake Washington from Seattle. Featuring a 2,000-seat concert hall and a 250-seat cabaret, the Center will present artistic, cultural, educational, and entertainment experiences of the highest quality--great performances that reflect the diverse interests and honor the cultures and customs of its neighbors. It will expand arts education opportunities, provide a performance home for select regional arts organizations, promote the interests of working artists, engage and develop new audiences, encourage participation in the arts, contribute to the economic vitality of the region, and serve as a cultural center for Eastside residents. Tateuchi Center will be located in downtown Bellevue on the corner of NE 10th Street and 106th Avenue NE. The Tateuchi Center Campaign, comprising a $150 million capital goal and a $10 million endowment goal, has raised $60 million to date.

Published: May 5, 2011
Photos © Mike Nakamura Photography

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