Fashion Show to Raise Funds for Valley Assistance Services

Peggy McGee

Valley Assistance Services (VAS) will be holding its second benefit fashion show and luncheon, Spring into Fall, in the Crystal Ballroom on Tuesday, Aug. 31, starting at 11:30 a.m. With the desire to keep things local, VAS has asked Nancy Pantz in the Continental Shopping Center to provide the fashions. The majority of the models are Quail Creek residents of all sizes with the remaining being VAS volunteers.

The menu will feature the signature Southwest cilantro lime grilled chicken served over fresh greens and topped with black bean and corn salsa, diced tomatoes, green onions, sliced black olives, and chopped cilantro, served with Chef’s du jour dressing, plus rolls and dessert. A vegetarian option is available by request. The bar will be open for purchase of adult beverages. Cost for the event will be $30, cash or checks payable to VAS.

Tickets can be purchased at VAS, 3950 S. Camino del Heroe in the Springs development, from Nancy Pantz, or from Quail Creek resident Peggy McGee at [email protected] or 520-207-6188.

Some of the services VAS, a 501(c)(3), offers include:

* A Touch That Cares®: Registered nurse health and wellness advocacy

* Neighbors Helping Neighbors program: Transportation and errand-running by volunteer drivers, friendly in-person visits, and telephonic visits

* SHiM®: Fall prevention

* Going Home with Care: Post-hospital-discharge program with continued registered nurse support and advocacy

* MAP–A-Plan: Financial assistance program, offering mortgage/rent/utility assistance and financial education

* Workforce Training: Resume writing, mock interviews, career search, computer lab

* Benefits Advocacy: Assistance obtaining and retaining state and federal benefits such as SNAP (food stamps), AHCCCS (Medicaid), Medicare savings, and more.

* Neighbors AIM (Awareness In Memory loss): Dementia and caregiver support and illness/disease education

* SASS (Socialization and Support for Seniors): Volunteer-led senior peer groups

Throughout the pandemic period, VAS kept its door open, providing funds for rent and utilities so that those who had lost jobs would not be evicted. Now they want to add to their dwindling funds so they can continue to help families and seniors.