Curves, Cats, and Creams

Think the Fashion Industry and the Military are on Different Planets? Thank Again!

on July 9, 2014

I’m the kind of girl who cannot possibly survive with less than 10 beauty products in my bathroom, believes that no outfit is complete without being fully accessorized, and shudders when the word “camping” is even mentioned. Needless to say, I’m not exactly the first one in line when the Army recruitment office opens in the morning.

Several of my family members are in the military, though, and I have the utmost respect for them and their fellow combat men and women. It would also make my blood boil if they were ever cast aside without proper care after fearlessly serving our country. Unfortunately, as we all know, that happens to too many veterans every day.

Which is why, even though it’s not in keeping with the plus size theme of this blog, I decided to do a post about the Fashion for our Forces Benefit Ball happening this Friday, July 11th, from 6 PM to 9 PM at Boston’s Harborside Inn, located at 185 State St.

The show’s producer Connie Diforo explains why she put together this event, “I’m doing this to bring awareness to people like me who a year ago thought veterans did not need any funds because they get help from the VA (US Department of Veteran Affairs). I learned after going to an event that they wait a long time before they can get benefits.”

Tickets are $35 and all proceeds will go to Veterans Advocacy Services, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “providing services to any veteran of the United States armed forces toward the resolution of any medical, economic, social, or situational dilemma that he might face. Services may include the presentation or prosecution of claims before the Secretary of the United States Veterans Administration, advocacy before public or private medical boards-of-review, or similar representation in matters obtaining to employment, housing (general, specialized & adaptive), or social supports. All client-direct work is performed by a Department of Veterans Affairs accredited agent.”

Mistress of Ceremonies Jacqui Driscoll, crowned winner of the 1996 Miss USA pageant, will be presiding over the show, which will feature the latest designs from collections such as Mesese by Diforo, INSTILLA by Valentina Oppezzo, Vienne Milano Hosiery, GBoutique, and Ortega Jewelry.

Honored guests include double-amputee Corporal Sue Downes and Doug Pickel from We The People Giving Back. a Michigan-based organization which helps ease the burden of families whose loved ones died bravely in the line of duty, who will be awarding Purple Hearts to three very deserving Massachusetts families.

Purchase your tickets at and spread the word for others to support our fashion and our forces!


To learn more about Veterans Advocacy Services, visit:


To learn more about We the People Giving Back, visit:


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