On the 19th of May, the Pickaway County Board of Developmental Disabilities (PCBDD), sponsored by the Savings Banks, will be hosting FAME, a positive community event that will be showcasing various businesses in the area. FAME, which stands for “Fashion, Art, Music, and Entertainment,” is a free event designed to bring the people of Pickaway County together for a fun filled evening. The event, which will be hosted at Rhoads Farm Market, will open its doors at six o’clock, followed by a fashion show kickoff at six thirty, with President of the Pickaway County Chamber of Commerce, Amy Elsea, acting as emcee for the evening.
If you, like me, are wondering why you haven’t heard of this event before, it’s because this is only the second year that FAME has been implemented. At the event, local retailers such as MotoGear, Tin Roof, Maggie & Me, Sharff’s, Chiristopher’s, LulaRoe, Peebles, Uniquely Yours, Something Different, and Maurices will be supplying fashion for the models to show off on the runway. But FAME isn’t just about fashion. There will also be work from fourteen different artists on display in the art gallery, some of which will be for sale. Refreshments are being catered to the event by Richie’s Deli, along with a coffee bar featuring Two Roasting Joe’s, a candy bar hosted by Wittich’s. A cash bar will also be provided to order from. After the fashion show kickoff, “Funkworthy,” a live band from Columbus, will be playing cover tunes, as well as their original hits. While the band cranks out the tunes, an open dance floor will be provided, so be ready to show off your best moves!
While FAME is a great opportunity to celebrate and promote local business, the event is designed to celebrate the diversity of people with disabilities. Marie Wilbanks, the Director of Service and Support Administration for the PCBDD, remarks that, “People with disabilities are underrepresented or left out entirely from our culture’s concept of what is beautiful, and FAME provides an opportunity to shift this idea of what we find attractive.” Marie also says that, as a part of this goal that FAME represents, some of the models in the event’s fashion show happen to have disabilities.
A free and fun event for the whole community, FAME is an event that you do not want to miss. Not only is the event supporting many local businesses, but, on a much larger scale, the event is working to promote people with disabilities, celebrate their differences, and unite us all together as we work to challenge the idea of what is considered beautiful in modern culture and society. Don’t miss out on this fantastic community event! Hopefully, with enough support from the community, FAME will become a well-known and popular event that our community will see again for many years to come.