WARSAW — Glam, a local women’s fashion boutique in downtown Warsaw, is celebrating its fourth anniversary in style, while also focusing on giving back to the community.
For the past three years, owner Michelle Smith LeDrew has dedicated Glam’s anniversary fashion gala to support and fund the Smithstrong Foundation. The foundation was established after LeDrew lost her father and brother, Charlie and Scott Smith, in a plane accident on Oct. 2, 2015.
The Smithstrong Foundation is an annual scholarship fund at Tippecanoe Valley High School that awards student athletes who “exemplify leadership, dedication, and service to the community.” Charlie was Tippecanoe Valley’s first football coach, and Scott was a TVHS graduate and athlete.
“The Collection: The Fusion of Art, Food and Fashion” will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at 501 Argonne Road, Warsaw. VIP guests can arrive at 6 p.m. for a VIP reception. During this year’s fashion gala, Glam will be featuring select Midwest artists’ work to be on display. Guests can talk with the artists and purchase art pieces, with a percentage of art sales supporting the Smithstrong Foundation.
“We’re really excited about this year’s theme,” said LeDrew. “I think this theme is very sophisticated, with having the food and fashion match the art at the gala.”
Each year, Glam works with local businesses and vendors in the area to not only showcase fashion, but to bring something fun to the community.
LeDrew is also continuing to aid the community through a new grief support group called “Huddle.” Not only is the name of the group related to the Smith family’s love for Notre Dame football; it also represents people coming together and encouraging one another through the grieving process and subsequent depression.
“There’s not a right or wrong way to grieve,” said LeDrew. “What helps me is that this isn’t something I get through. It just becomes part of my life. You’ll still have plenty of bad days and that’s okay.”