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September 22, 2016 12:00 AM

The Chic Showcase is back for round three and is once again looking to help out a couple organizations in the community.
The event’s happening on Sept. 23 and 24 at the Stockade Convention Centre and will bring in money and food items for the Lloydminster Sexual Assault and Information Centre (LSAIC) and the Salvation Army Food Bank respectively.
“It’s a showcase of different businesses in Lloydminster and area—everything from direct sales to local businesses, storefronts, some are online stores, pop-up stores—so it’s just supporting the local businesses and at the same time we’re supporting the Lloydminster Sexual Assault Centre as well as the Food Bank,” said Carly Pollard, co-organizer for the event.
Money raised from the showcase’s inaugural year went to LSAIC’s overall operations and also to prepare for the centre’s new Little Bear Child and Youth Advocacy Centre, with the second year’s funds going to renovations for the centre’s facility where the advocacy centre is located.
According to an email from Tiffany Falcon, director of crisis response and advocacy for the LSAIC, the Little Bear Child and Youth Advocacy Centre is where someone who has disclosed abuse goes to be interviewed by a trained interviewer, while the investigative team views the interaction on a monitor, eliminating the need for each member of the team to do separate interviews with the individual.
This is aimed to help lessen the trauma someone may experience by getting rid of the repetitive interviews, so the individual isn’t reliving the experience over and over again.
“We truly appreciate the ongoing support from the Chic committee for the third year in a row,” said Falcon.
“They are such and amazing group of individuals that are dedicated to bringing the topic of sexual violence to the forefront, which then helps eliminate the silence associated to sexual violence.”
Last year’s showcase was also the first year the event started raising donations for the Salvation Army Food Bank, a move that came when Pollard, and her co-organizer Terri Tindall, heard the food bank’s shelves were near empty and decided to do something about it.
The food drive was such a success that the Chic committee took the charity on as a yearly benefactor along side LSAIC.
“The entrance fee, everyone pays $5 and if they bring in a food bank donation they get extra entries into our door prizes,” said Pollard.
“It gives people the chance to enter in for some great prizes, all while doing some great things for the community; I’m a strong believer that when you have a platform and voice and there’s an audience, then that’s the opportunity when you can really give back to the community”
As for the Chic Showcase itself, Pollard said it was created based on women in business supporting each other.
She and her friend, Tindall, were in competing businesses and entered a situation that normally would’ve had them competing for sales.
Instead of competing, however, they linked arms to make it a positive experience, and from there decided that women in business should be generally supportive instead of bringing each other down.
“We did it because women are always competing and I think that’s something in society that needs to stop—instead linking arms and supporting each other, that sounds more appealing to me than knocking each other down,” Pollard said.
“The world’s got a little too much negativity, so to take out a little bit of it and replace it with some positive vibes in the community, I think it’s a great thing.”
Some of the woman-run-businesses that will link arms at the Showcase Case this year include Stella and Dot, Walking on Water, City Lights Boutique, Posh and Cozy and Aria’s Closet among others.
There’ll also be a pair of fashion shows, with the adult segment taking place on Friday night and a kid’s fashion show Saturday morning at 10:30.
The Hourglass Factory is also making a return with a pole fitness demonstration that’ll happen Friday evening, with the whole event sound tracked to the stylings of D.J. Cody Maz.
The Chic Showcase will run Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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