Tucson celebs help raise money for Salvation Army

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Vintage, designer, and the classics.  They were all up for bidding Sunday at the Salvation Army's Celebrity Encore Fashion Show.

Spectators and participants got to check out the latest styles while raising money for a good cause.

An afternoon of glitz and glamour.  Fashionistas from across Southern Arizona flocked to the Westin La Paloma to check out some Salvation Army styles.

"Maybe a few purses and shoes and who knows," said Oro Valley resident Victoria Kieltuski.

About 65 models donned in Salvation Army attire walked the runway for the Annual Celebrity Encore Fashion Show.

Among them, Fox 11 anchor Lou Raguse clad in Hawaiian gear and Sports Force anchor Vinnie Vinzetta dressed to the nines.


The money raised from the show will help women and children in Tucson.

"This is some tough economic times that we're going through and the Salvation Army has always been there trying to help those that are less fortunate," said Major Clement Leslie from the Salvation Army.

People also had the chance to bid on jewelry and entertainment packages, but for many buyers, their purchases took on a greater meaning.

"It's wonderful I feel so great when you buy any items from them and any donation helps.  It just feels wonderful knowing you're helping somebody else," said Kieltuski.

That's exactly what the Salvation Army in Tucson has been doing for the past 118 years and organizers say this fashion show is vital in keeping that mission alive.

"It's vitally important that all segments of community come together to help those who are less fortunate," said Major Leslie.

This was the Salvation Army's 7th Annual Encore Fashion Show.