Around 350 local fashion enthusiasts crowded into the ballroom at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center on Friday to see the latest styles for women to come out of Austin.

The Healing and Hope Around the World annual spring fashion show benefits programs at the Central Texas College Department of Nursing.

“We just came to enjoy some friendships, colorful fashions and to do something good for the community,” said Susan Palmer of Harker Heights.

Palmer and her two girlfriends attended the fashion show and luncheon after reading about it in the newspaper.

Over the past five years, the spring fashion show has raised $64,000 for equipment and nursing scholarships at CTC, said Judy Heartfield, director of the Central Texas College Foundation.

This year, the event featured spring and summer threads by the Garden Room Boutique and jewelry by Gay Isber Design — two Austin-based designers.

“We would not have this crowd if we didn’t have such high-quality designs,” Heartfield said. “This stuff is really expensive.”

In addition to the funds raised by admission, Heartfield said the organization raises about $200,000 in nursing scholarships through individual donors and major sponsors, such as Metroplex Hospital.

“It’s kind of a hand-holding effort,” Heartfield said. “With Metroplex as our sponsor, we have a lot of help.”

CTC students, faculty and community members volunteered for modeling the fashions across the raised catwalk. Chelsea Dawson, a student nurse, received a total makeover from the designer sponsors.

Contact Brandon Janes at or (254) 501-7552

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