Biddeford Ball organizers are pleased to announce the inaugural event, which took place Saturday, August 23, 2014, was a huge success. More than 400 fabulously dressed attendees packed the lobby of Building 13 on the historic Pepperell Mill Campus. The night featured a gorgeous fashion show with 40 models showcasing the Angelrox clothing line, Maker’s Market, silent auction and semi-formal dance with local band Old Soul performing live.
Biddeford Ball has continued to be the talk of the town. Mayor Alan Casavant, who also modeled on the runway clothed by Portland Dry Goods, called the evening “a game changer for Biddeford.” People have raved about the good energy and joys of seeing so many lovely people dressed up and having such a grand time. Roxi Suger, owner and designer of Angelrox clothing and its flagship boutique Suger, and her husband and business partner Julian Schlaver spearheaded the event. Roxi said of the event: “The Biddeford Ball surpassed all our hopes and expectations for its beauty, sense of community, funds raised and scope. Only possible thanks to the exceeding generosity of our sponsors and partners and the dozens of wonderful volunteers who came together to make it happen.”
We are thrilled to announce that the Biddeford Ball raised nearly $20,000 for local charity. We have already distributed $5,000 to Seeds of Hope, Stone Soup, and Saco Meals through Union Church Missions. The remaining funds, over $14,000, are earmarked for the exterior renovation of the Marble Block with the initial work to uncover the original stonework hopefully beginning this month. The building is a historic landmark on Biddeford’s Main Street, best known for formerly housing a Reny’s department store and generously deeded by the Reny’s family to Engine, a community arts nonprofit organization. Our hope is that the exterior renovation will improve the look of Main Street and act as a catalyst to educate and inspire the larger on-going goals to repurpose the building into a community art and design center.
Not only was the ball a successful fundraiser for local organizations, the night truly embodied the idea of community. Pepperell Mill Campus generously donated space, labor and furniture for the event. Attendees enjoyed beer from Biddeford brewer Banded Horn, wine from Saco’s Vic & Whit’s, coffee from Maine Coast Roast, and food from Dahlia’s Delights, Biscuits & Co., The Chef and The Gardener, and cakes from Reilly’s Bakery, Perk, and Fernleaf Bakery. Bloomers, Snell Family Farm & Calluna Fine Flowers of Ogunquit provided flowers for decor. Maine Magazine was the exclusive magazine sponsor of the event. University of New England, local banks and professional services also helped make the evening a success.
Delilah Poupore, director of Heart of Biddeford, said: “We are delighted that Angelrox chose to relocate to Biddeford! The Biddeford Ball was a demonstration of what happens when creative people put their minds and hearts together!”
A huge thanks to our sweet models on the runway, including Biddeford mayor Alan Casavant and Pepperell Mill Campus owner Doug Sanford dressed by Portland Dry Goods, and beautiful angels nationally acclaimed author Anita Shreve, the graceful and loving Union Church Pastor Jan Hyrniewicz, the sexy Jenn Jones, the sweet momma Delilah Poupore with her daughter Lilyana, and mother-daughter duo Dana & Devin Johnson along with many more amazing women, girls and men to list here. We are thankful for their support and that of their fans as folks are very generously pledging to see their favorite models walk the runway. You can find the names of all our models if you click on our pledge button below and contribute further to the cause by donating whatever amount you like
ENGINE, located in the heart of Biddeford, Maine, is a non-profit arts organization. Engine's mission is to make arts-driven programming, cultural development, and sustainable creative entrepreneurialism an explicit community value and civic priority in Biddeford. For more information about the ongoing renovation of the organization's future home the Marble Block, please visit feedtheengine.org/marble-block.
UNION CHURCH MISSIONS is committed to the local food banks of York county. Learn more about the church and its missions at unionchurchme.com.
ANGELROX is a nationally distributed line of comforting versatile women's clothing crafted with joy in Biddeford, Maine from sustainable fabrics. Clothing can be found at the line's flagship store Suger or by visiting angelrox.com.
HEART OF BIDDEFORD is our brilliant Main Street Community organization working tirelessly to improve our downtown and turn it into one of the sweetest spots in America. Learn how to get involved by visiting heartofbiddeford.org.