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Needham Community Council Fasion Show

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By Geena Matuson
Hometown Weekly Staff

On Sunday, April 10, a fashion show was held at Needham Town Hall, but this was no ordinary fashion show.

Now in its fourth year, the Needham Community Council held its annual fashion show with the theme “Needham Organizations.”

All of the models represented different community groups, such as Needham Garden Club, League of Women Voters of Needham, 100 Women of Needham, Needham Rotary Club, Parent Talk, NHS G.A.L.S., NHS Dance Team, NHS Best Buddies, Needham Golf Club, and more.

The Master of Ceremonies was nationally recognized wardrobe and image consultant Mary Lou Andre of Dressing Well, a Needham resident whose work has been profiled on CNN, ABC, NPR and in publications such as Real Simple, InStyle, Esquire, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Marie Claire and Parenting.

[FOR WEB: Watch this great video from the event via YouTube]

The show was a great success and a fun time, full of laughs and support for all involved. All items come from the Needham Community Council Thrift Shop, and are in great shape.

Community-minded, the goal of the Needham Community Council annual fashion show is to bring awareness to the council’s community outreach programs, to highlight the clothing available in the NCC thrift shop, and to raise funds to support free, community-based programming.

All funds and proceeds from the show are put back into the free programming offered by NCC, and also split between both Needham Town Council’s program DVAC (Domestic Violence Action Committee), and CAP, Child Assault Prevention, a creation of the NCC.

The Needham Community Council is a private non-profit organization with a grassroots beginning; what started as a food pantry to support Needham residents during the depression in 1930, the NCC has grown into the hub of community outreach.

With its network of over 250 volunteers ranging from middle schoolers to those in their nineties, NCC now offers weekly programming with fundraisers, food drives, their thrift shop, transportation, ESL programs, and more.

The NCC will host its “Postal Workers Food Drive” this May to stock Needham’s sole food pantry, a program on gun safety with children, and the September “Ride for Food” will open registration on May 1.

Learn more about Needham Community Council at, and connect with them on Facebook at

To watch a video from the fashion show, visit

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