The Thomas Patrick Morrison Foundation is a very special organization that I'm so proud and honored to be a part of. It was founded by my dear friends, Carmelina and Tim, in honor of their son, Thomas Patrick, who passed away from a rare mitochondrial disorder when he was only three months old (Tommy would have turned eight yesterday, in fact). Through the work of the foundation Carmelina and Tim help raise funds for research and raise awareness of mitochondrial conditions so that other families facing this reality know they're not alone. It's an incredible organization that honors the memory of a little boy who had a profound impact on everyone who knew him.

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The annual fashion show honors friendship and the legacy of such a brave family and other families impacted by mitochondrial disorders. It also brings awareness to the foundation and to local businesses that donate time, goods, and services to make this day so special.

The 7th annual Fashioned by Friendship event will be held on Sunday, November 17th at 11:30am at the Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia. Newschannel 13 anchor, Jessica Layton, will be the Mistress of Ceremonies and music will be provided by Mike Garassi of Music Man Entertainment and the fashion show is sponsored by Fancy Schmancy and will feature their fabulous fashions. Hairstyles for our models will be provided by Strut Spalontique and makeup will be courtesy of Tina Barbato and Polina Lounello from Flawless by Tina.  Many thanks to our sponsors as well:  BBL Construction Services, Albany.com, Times Union, TriCity Rentals, KeyBank, Mass Mutual, Value Options, Empire Travel, Gialanella Family Dentistry and CDPHP.

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I'm so blessed to work alongside my co-chair, Nichole, on this amazing event. I'm also in awe of Carmelina and so inspired by her strength and her ability to persevere and rise above such a tragic situation and make something positive from it.

I am so proud to give back and use my experience to support such a special event; giving back is so important to KOWE and to be able to work so closely with such an amazing family and foundation makes my heart happy.

This event is SO MUCH FUN.  Each year it gets bigger and everyone that joins us can't wait for the next year! We even have really awesome gift bags for attendees!

We hope you can come and support an amazing organization and have fun while doing it–to learn more check out the Thomas Patrick Morrision Foundation on Facebook here. We hope to see you on November 17th!

Keep sparkling–