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Construction meets the runway in Refashion for Life event Wednesday, August 23rd in Muskego

The "Refashion for Life" event celebrates 10 years tomorrow night and if you've never been, then you don't know what you're missing.

The models not only wear the latest fashion but carry the latest in home appliances and fixtures with them.

It only makes sense considering the event is staged at Callen Construction on Janesville Road in Muskego.

There will also be a silent auction and food from Saz's.

Since 2008, the event has raised more than $200,000 for programs provided by Common Ground Ministry. That includes Elena's House for those struggling to survive with HIV/AIDS.

"I just wanted to slip away and go home with Jesus," explains former Elena's House resident Nicholas McNealey. "But Elena's house has livened me back up to the point where I'm back on my own and 100% healthy."

Elena's house is the namesake of a local woman lost to the disease but who battled the illness with bravery and a positive spirit at a time when there was stigma and mistreatment of AIDS patients.

Executive Director of Common Ground Ministry, Mary Ellen Huwiler, says while the survival rates have improved, there is still a lot to overcome for patients in terms of getting the care they need and support and a sense of well being.

"It's nice that people came to us 17 years ago and didn't have a lot of hope in life who are now living," Huwiler tells CBS 58 News. "And they still come back for our support groups."

Tickets are $40  and event parking and free shuttle service is at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, S66 W14325 Janesville Rd., (just west of Callen’s Muskego showroom).

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Here are the details:

– In addition to a fashion show combining the newest looks in clothing with fashionable products for the home, the 10th annual “Refashion for Life” charity event on Wed., Aug. 23, benefitting CommonGround Ministry/Elena’s House and sponsored by Callen Construction, Inc., will feature a voice and silent auction comprised of a wide assortment of items, including:

Voice Auction

Destination New York package, including two tickets to the Rachel Ray Show.

$1,000 gift card for Erin Hills Golf Course.

Silent Auction

Hotel/Resort packages, including DoubleTree by Hilton Milwaukee Downtown, Harbor Shores on Lake Geneva, Hilton Milwaukee City Center, and the Stagecoach Inn Bed and Breakfast.

Sports packages, including Milwaukee Admirals, Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Wave, and Elkhart Lakes Road America tickets, with golf at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club and Morningstar Golfers Club and tickets for Lasertag Adventure, Little Switzerland, Sky Zone, and Nordic Mountain.

Family activities, including Betty Brinn Children's Museum, Discovery World Museum, Experimental Aircraft Association, First Stage Children's Theater, Kids in Motion, Milwaukee County Zoo, and the John G. Shedd Aquarium.

Entertainment tickets, including for the Patty & Jay Baker Theater Complex, ComedySportz, Florentine Opera Company, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Next Act Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, Sunset Playhouse, and Wisconsin Philharmonic.

Restaurant certificates, including Alioto's Restaurant Cocktail Lounge, Café Lulu, Matty's Bar and Grille & Catering, The Mineshaft, Oscar's Frozen Custard, The Ruby Tap, Stonefire Pizza Co., and The Union House.

In addition, Saz’s Catering will provide an extensive small plate appetizer and dessert menu, including caprese skewers, medjool rumaki, carved tenderloin sandwiches, beef and chicken wellington, coconut breaded shrimp, mozzarella marinara, cheese curds, fresh fruit, cheese and cracker trays, petite cheesecakes, éclairs, cookies, brownies, and chocolate covered strawberries.

The event, with a theme of “Refashion for Life…10 Years of Fashion and Compassion,” will run from 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at Callen’s Muskego Showroom and company grounds, S63 W13131 Janesville Rd. in Muskego.

Refashion for Life features a fashion show combining the newest looks in early and late fall apparel with fashionable products for the home, including countertops, tile, cabinetry, windows, flooring, and hardware.

In addition to the runway show, there will also be a 50/50 cash raffle, plus music by the Mr. Lucky Light Syndicate.

Fashion show participants include Feather & Fringe Boutique, Harleys - The Store for Men, m. e. Lou - A Boutique for Women, Ryloo Boutique, SHOP, Stan’s Fit for Your Feet, and Urban Laundry, with hair and make-up by Glo-10 Salon & Spa. Bjorn Nasett, creator of Fashion Farmboy, will emcee the fashion show.


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