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The Class of 2018 High School Senior Models Strut Their Stuff at the 7th Annual Fashion With Passion Event, Raising Money for Deep Cypress Caring Heart

A Fashion Show steeped in ‘kindness’, Deep Cypress Alliance’s 7th Annual ‘Fashion With Passion’ event raised funds for Jordan Merecka Caring Heart Assistance (JMCHA) last Thursday night, November 9 at 6:30 pm, at the Enchanted Cypress Ballroom in Cypress. Over 200 of Cypress’ best dressed and generous enjoyed a glamorous night of bidding on auction items, cocktails, dining and viewing the “Fashion With Passion” runway show.

The evening’s highlight was the fun runway fashion show featuring representatives of the class of 2018 high school seniors. A collection of exciting and trendy fashions were showcased by the enthusiastic teens from local area boutiques; A Splash of Sass, Anything Bling and Muzzies. Dillard’s and Men’s Wearhouse fashions were also on display.

The teen models have been spreading kindness (#18DaysOfKindness) in Cypress throughout the summer in countless ways; walking neighbor’s dogs, helping flood victims, assembling care packages for the homeless, etc. Their acts of kindness brought many smiles to the community and their “Cypress Challenge” raised money and brought awareness to the charitable programs of Deep Cypress Alliance.

Jordan Merecka Caring Heart Assistance, a program of Caring Heart, offers financial assistance to Cypress neighbors who have experienced a personal trauma. Recently, due to the disastrous flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, many in the Cypress community suffered severe home damage and heartache. Lack of flood insurance exacerbated the problem. JMCHA saw the need in Cypress and rushed to help by offering Lowe’s and Home Depot gift cards to local neighbors.

John Batchelder speaking at the event

The 2017 honoree of the Jordan Merecka Caring Heart Award, Melissa and John Batchelder, was announced at the event and awarded $5,000 for their non-profit, the Laurel’s Army Foundation ( The Jordan Merecka Caring Heart Award recognizes inspiring community members who have overcome personal trauma to turn it into a benefit for the community. The Batchelder’s Foundation, named for their daughter, Laurel, and her courageous battle with cancer, raises money for childhood cancer research at The Cancer Center at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Colorful row of FWP Class of 2018 Model banners

L-R: Susie Pipkin, Teri Quance and Cynthia Gill

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