Coastal Boardwalk Fashion Show to showcase sustainable style and support mental health in Carleton Place

Madison Barr sits outside of Coastal Consignment. – Photo by Randi Lynne Creative

In the heart of downtown Carleton Place, a fashion movement is taking shape at Coastal Consignment, where local entrepreneur Madison Barr has seamlessly blended style, sustainability, and community support.

Barr, a natural talent in the business realm, identified a gap in the local market for women’s clothing and decided to bridge it with Coastal, a trendy boutique offering a unique mix of new and consigned items.

Surrounded by bins teeming with funky clothing and colourful accessories, Barr is meticulously working on a spreadsheet to keep track of the outfits the models will be wearing in her upcoming Coastal Boardwalk fashion show. Her eye for fashion, combined with her business savvy, is matched only by her passion for giving back to the community she calls home.

Set to unfold at Carleton Place Town Hall on Feb. 2 and 3, the Coastal Boardwalk fashion show is not just a parade of styles; it’s also a fundraiser for Pivotal Help. This nonprofit organization focuses on enhancing mental health in small communities by providing funding for in-person counsellng sessions. Barr’s decision to support Pivotal Help stems from her belief that mental health services are vital for a healthier society, but often inaccessible to many. “I’m thrilled to be able to host this event. It goes beyond just a fashion show,” she affirms.

Breanna Bedor, founder and executive director of Pivotal Help, shared the overwhelming response they received when the organization’s new funding window opened. Their website was flooded with applications, filling all available spots within minutes. Before the application portal could be closed, four additional applications were submitted. Under normal circumstances, Bedor says these applicants might have been declined. Fundraisers like the Coastal Boardwalk Fashion Show meant that Pivotal Help could accommodate them through committed funding.

“Folks going to the fashion show will be helping one or more community members access service literally the next day,” she said.

Since its launch in January 2021, Pivotal Help has been able to help 65 residents access mental health services.

“I see behind the scenes, and I know how grateful these applicants are,” Bedor said. Fundraising events like the Coastal Boardwalk have meant that Pivotal Help can assist an additional 13 community members this year. “I feel so much gratitude when I think about how much work goes into events like this. It’s very touching,” Bedor expressed.

Barr’s commitment to inclusivity shines through as she features local women of all ages, sizes, and backgrounds in the show.

“Inclusivity is a priority for my brand,” she declares. “My personal goal is to help women discover confidence.” By showcasing diverse bodies on the runway, Madison sends a powerful message that beauty comes in all forms.

Attendees can expect a transformed venue space that evokes feelings of coastal bliss and a tranquil evening by the water. The fashion show promises to be an elevated experience, accompanied by refreshing mocktails and refreshments. Information sessions from experts at three local businesses will add an enriching element to the event.

Tickets, priced at $50, are going fast! They are available for purchase at Coastal Consignments, located at 110 Bridge Street in Carleton Place. Don’t miss out on a fun and fashionable evening celebrating a community that comes together for style, sustainability and the well-being of its members.

When asked what she hopes attendees will gain from the night, Madison says she hopes women leave the show feeling uplifted, inspired and “proud to be a woman!”.

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