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Fall fashion events raise funds for local charities

New York Fashion Week ends Sept. 14, but in metro Atlanta the fall fashion events are heating up. This month, fashion fans have the chance to catch a range of runway shows and shopping events around town including several events that double as fundraisers for local charities. Here are some of the fashion events that are taking place in September.

NOON TO NIGHT: FALL FASHION BENEFIT AT AVALON 

The fourth annual benefit for Bert’s Big Adventure features Bert’s Big Adventure children hitting the runway with celebrity models in a range of day to evening appropriate fall fashions from the retailers at Avalon. Bert’s Big Adventure, founded in 2002 by radio host Bert Weiss, is a nonprofit which provides all-expense paid trips to Walt Disney World for children with chronic and terminal illnesses. The organization also provides year-round support to families. The day before the event, the youth models are pampered with hair and make-up styling, entertainment and more. Last year the event raised $50,000 for the organization. It begins with a cocktail reception and bites from Avalon’s restaurants followed by an auction. The fashion show begins at 8 p.m. and is followed by an evening of dancing with a live DJ and craft cocktails. 

Noon To Night: Fall Fashion Benefit at Avalon, $50 - $150. 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 13. Avalon Boulevard, 400 Avalon Boulevard, Alpharetta. 770-765-1000. experienceavalon.com

Image courtesy of the Shops Buckhead Atlanta

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STYLE SOUTH AT THE SHOPS BUCKHEAD ATLANTA

Enjoy this daylong event which features in-store parties and an outdoor fall fashion runway show. The show begins at 7 p.m. and will feature top professional athletes including Olympic Silver Medalist, Erik Kynard, Jr., retired NFL safety, George Wilson, retired Atlanta Hawks player, Drew Barry, current Atlanta Falcons player, Harry Douglas, and retired Atlanta Falcons players, Jonathan Babineaux, Mike Jenkins, Roddy White and Brian Finneran modeling custom-tailored suits by ALBA. There will also be fashions for men and women from Akris, ALBA, Alice + Olivia, Billy Reid, Bonobos, ETRO, Joie, Robert Talbott, SPANX, Theory, Tod’s. Dionne Boldin and members of the Off The Field Players’ Wives Association will also make a special announcement at the event. The event is open to the public and valet parking is available at American Cut, Fado and Dior. See below for a list of specials during the daytime shopping event. See the website for a list of special offers at participating retailers throughout the day from 2 - 6 p.m. during A Southern Shop and Dine Around. 

Style South at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, Free. 2-8 p.m. Sept. 15. The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, 3035 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404-939-9270. shopsbuckheadatlanta.com/stylesouth.

MACY’S BACKSTAGE GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION 

Join Macy’s for the opening of two locations of Macy’s Backstage -- a brand new outlet that features designer deals at 20 to 80 percent off and is a cross between an outlet store and a department store. As a space inside the department store environment, Macy’s Backstage offers a discount destination inside their favorite Macy’s location. There will be giveaways, music, snacks, a photo booth and gifts with purchase at the grand opening event.

Macy’s Backstage Grand Opening Celebration. Free. 10 a.m. Sept. 15. Macy's Lenox Square Mall, 3393 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta and Macy’s Arbor Place Mall, 6690 Douglas Blvd., Douglasville. 

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ATLANTA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK FALL FOR FASHION SHOW

The Atlanta Food Community Bank is holding its fifth annual Fall for Fashion Show as part of Hunger Action Month. The event raises money for Food Bank resources while showcasing Fall trends in clothing, shoes, and accessories. The fashion show will feature couture clothing from exclusive designers at Tootsies. Tootsies will also donate a percentage of sales from every item purchased at the show to the Food Bank. Personal fashion consultations are available as well as makeup touch-ups from NARS. A live auction will include items such as a Girls Getaway Package at Mandarin Oriental Atlanta. 

ACFB  Fall for Fashion Show. $75. 7 - 9 p.m. Sept. 25. Tootsies, Buckhead Exchange Shopping Center, 3167 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta. 404-892-9822.acfb.org/events

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Nedra Rhone has been a features reporter with the AJC for 10 years. She’s written about everything from fashion to food to news.

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