It was a night of fashion, food and wine for a good cause.

Hundreds of people dressed to impress Friday evening to raise money for Clare House in Anchorage, which provides 24-hour emergency shelter and other services for women and children.

All eyes were on runway at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center as local designers and boutiques, such as Seven North, Patty’s Closet and Posh, showed off their best creations at the sixth annual Clare to Clare Fashion Show.

“They can come and have a great time and actually dress up in Anchorage, which is unusual, and see some great fashion and also raise money for the Clare House, which most of us feel is an amazing cause,” said Jennifer Christensen, vice president of Beacon Media and Marketing and part of the fashion show’s planning team.

The thousands of dollars raised through ticket sales and raffles will go toward helping the hundreds of women and children who access Clare House — a Spenard-based branch of Catholic Social Services — each year. Clare House provides roughly 180 meals and 150 snacks a day to people in need, CSS says.

With more than a quarter of Clare House’s operating budget coming from private donations, the event is made possible by volunteers and local business sponsors.

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