They say accessories make a statement — and nothing beats a good handbag.
But the handbags on offer at the Central Otago Riding for the Disabled Association (CORDA) Fundraiser Fashion Show will do more than complete your outfit.
Each one auctioned off on Saturday night will contain a mystery prize voucher ranging from holiday accommodation to pamper packs and a colour TV.
The It’s in the Bag-style auction will be conducted by Central Otago District Mayor Tim Cadogan.
It is high fashion and fun — all in the name of a good cause.
The highlight of the evening is the fashion show featuring the latest fashion and equestrian wear from local retailers, ball gowns from the recent Dunstan High School formal, wedding gowns and fancy dress from the Alexandra Musical Society.
Bringing the garments to life are a special group of models — CORDA volunteers and riders, including the Alexandra Musical Society’s 2022 Blossom Festival princess Keeley Fowler.
Also a CORDA rider, the event is organised by Keeley’s mother, Denise.
It is the third year Mrs Fowler has organised the event, and the first time CORDA has been the chosen as the recipient of money raised.
CORDA president Lynda Gray said she was ‘‘really pleased’’ to receive support for the organisation.
‘‘It’s 60 years since Riding for the Disabled Association came to New Zealand and this event is a great way to celebrate our birthday, and our special riders and volunteers locally,’’ she said.
The Riding for the Disabled Fashion Show Fundraiser is 7.30pm, Saturday at the Alexandra Memorial Hall.
Tickets are $30 and available from Unichem, Alexandra Four Square and Oh My gift shop.