Because Dignity is Beautiful

Community, I believe, is a huge part of a happy and satisfying life. I also believe that it is especially important to women dealing with the ongoing stresses of living below the poverty line and this is where Beauty Night Society comes in. Beauty Night is very special non-profit organization that provides evenings of healing, friendship, sisterhood, pampering and life skills for low income and marginalized women, primarily in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Caroline MacGillivray, the dynamic founder and Executive Director of the organization, created BNS after volunteering in the Downtown Eastside as a research project for a role she was preparing to play in theatre class. After hearing the stories of abuse and neglect while helping the people who lived in the neighborhood, Caroline decided something had to be done, and then decided that she was the one to do it.

See article in Fresh Vancouver.

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waterfallBNS is an amazing local charity, changing lives in a part of town that many Vancouverites like to pretend doesn’t even exist. When event planner extraordinaire, Vernard of LuvnGrace Entertainment recently hosted a fundraising fashion show for Beauty Night at a Vancouver landmark, the magical Waterfall Building, I had to attend to support the cause.

The venue was magnificent with vibrant local art showcased on the white walls of the pyramid shaped room and Arthur Erickson’s iconic waterfall flowing in the background.

For me, outstanding wedding gown designer Pure Magnolia was the star of the runway with their custom made, eco-friendly frocks, many constructed from gorgeous vintage fabrics. Such beautiful and romantic designs, I fell in love….

It was a lovely evening in support of a local charity that is helping to heal a neighborhood desperately in need of love and understanding. It was also a night of fun, friendship and laughter. The very things Beauty Night provides to those who need it the most.

“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.” ― Mary Anne Radmacher

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