The Cumberland Heights Friends Holds Its Final Fashion Show

The Cumberland Heights Friends came together one last time at Hillwood Country Club for their annual fashion show. Due to the pandemic, it had been “too long,” as many guests expressed, since the Friends had seen each other, so everyone was thrilled to talk and hug and have a cup of coffee together before the fashion show — so much so that they just decided to let everyone keep talking and started the fashion show an hour later than scheduled. Matthew Pyle played the classics, including some Disney favorites, on the piano as everyone browsed the stylish clothing and bags for sale from The French Shoppe and the silent auction items, which included antiques and glassware, vintage clothing, handmade crafts and birdhouses, flower subscriptions, bottles of wine and even a bedazzled shirt from fashion designer Manuel.

After giving attendees ample time to chat, event chair Marge Rajotte wrangled everyone into the dining room to recognize Jimmy Threadgill, who recently retired after 42 years as Cumberland Heights’ head chef. He shared his story and quite a bit of the history of the organization and of the Cumberland Heights Friends nonprofit. Everyone joined together to sing “Happy Birthday” to his mother, Dottie Threadgill, who founded the Friends organization nearly 30 years ago and who would celebrate her 99th birthday later that week. Other members of the Threadgill family — Bob, Dallas, Jennifer and Emily — came to support Dottie for the celebration. The 14 models, starting with Morel Harvey and Sue Minch, were finally ready to hit the runway to show off the latest collections available at The French Shoppe.

The Cumberland Heights Friends have been raising money for and supporting the Cumberland Heights organization, whose mission is “to transform lives, giving hope and healing to those affected by alcohol or drug addiction.”