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Fashion show in Flatwoods, West Virginia “In Honor of Betty” Puskar

on Thu, 11/13/2014 - 13:36

A group of central West Virginians who are friends and admirers of Morgantown philanthropist Betty Puskar have organized a grassroots event, featuring a fashion show that they will host in honor of Betty at the Days Hotel in Flatwoods at 5 p.m. on November 22.

The idea originated with Webster Springs attorney Joyce Helmick Morton; Cinny Short, who worked for Morton; and Morton's daughter Jasmine Morton, the assistant prosecutor in Braxton County. Over the years the three had attended the Betty Puskar Breast Cancer Fashion show that was held annually in Morgantown. All were touched by the event but more so, by the personal knowledge of what Betty has quietly done throughout the years for women in the central West Virginia area. "We agreed that we needed to do something for Betty for all the kindness she has shown to a lot of people within our area over the years," Morton said.

Morton has known Betty since the 1980's and has witnessed her humanity many times. "Just recently Betty heard about a little boy who was hospitalized and in a coma. His family retained the hope he would survive and come home. Since he was a huge WVU fan his parents really wanted him to have WVU apparel to wear home from the hospital. When Betty found out about the family's wish, she immediately went shopping for the child, bought several WVU items of clothing for him and shipped them to him at the hospital so he could wear them when he was released."

Betty also helped one of Morton's friend's who was diagnosed with breast cancer. "The two never met, but Betty talked to my friend several times on the telephone and personally walked her through the whole ordeal," Morton said. "This girl was one of many that Betty has assisted over the years. Betty has impacted so many in our area through the Breast Care Center she established at West Virginia University in Morgantown."

So when the three ladies began spreading the word about the event in honor of Betty, the central West Virginia community rose to the occasion. "The local bakery in Webster Springs, Jacyanna’s Treats, LLC donated a cake; people donated money for food and raffle prizes; fashions are being provided by The Dress Barn, Spectrum Tanning, Dinah’s Boutique and Vonnie’s, a local dress shop; and Benny’s Boot Hill in Clarksburg will be providing footwear. The Days Hotel also cut us a break on the use of its conference area."

Called Country Girls Puttin' On the Ritz, the fashion show portion of the event will feature models from 10 months old to 78 years old, and there are 15 cancer survivor models. "The models come from all walks and facets of life and from many different counties, including Wood, Braxton, Webster, Kanawha, Harrison, Nicholas and Lewis counties."

General admission tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the door. VIP tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance. Call 304-641-2127, 304-641-2128, or 304644-0456 for ticket information and for more details about the event. Follow In Honor of Betty on Facebook at and and Twitter @#InHonorofBetty.

All proceeds will benefit three charities: The Betty Puskar Breast Care Center, Walking Miracles, and the Colon Cancer Alliance. Attendees may select a charity when they purchase tickets. "Betty has a passion for these charities," Morton said. "This event is all about her. We love her and want to honor her in this way."