BELMAR, NJ — Styles for the colder days ahead will be showcased during the annual Visiting Nurse Association Fashion Show to be held on Wednesday, October 23 at Taylor Pavilion.

Presented by the Belmar Public Library and the Manasquan VNA Thrift Shop, the free show will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the beachfront pavilion at Ocean and Fifth Avenues. Proceeds from the sale of clothing being modeled and an array of select items, including scarves and jewelry, will benefit the thrift shop, located at 69 Main Street in Manasquan,.

This is the eighth year that the event is a collaboration of both nonprofit organizations — made possible by Peggy O’Connor, an assistant at the Belmar library who has been a volunteer at the VNA Thrift Shop for about 20 years.

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“(VNA) always had a fashion show at (their) annual luncheon,” she said. “It was a great success with the volunteers, and I decided library patrons would enjoy it as much as we did.”

The event is usually held in June, but because the Taylor Pavilion was not available at that time this year, it was pushed back to October. “The clothes will be quite different from the usual summer fashions,” O’Connor said.

All models will be VNA volunteers, including two men who will walk the runway with two outfit changes.

Admission is free and includes the show, as well as refreshments of cookies, ice tea and lemonade. Reservations are not required, but can be made at the Belmar Public Library at 517 10th Avenue or the Belmar Community Center/Library Annex at 503 Seventh Avenue, or by calling the library at 732-681-0775.

“We do this for the benefit of Belmar and everyone who uses our library, and to tell you the truth, because it's fun,” O’Connor added.

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