The New Albany Women's Network is celebrating 10 years of fashion and philanthropy.

The New Albany Women's Network is celebrating 10 years of fashion and philanthropy.

The group's annual fashion show will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the New Albany Country Club and will host new clothing styles and gift baskets.

Piper Wright, event co-chair, said the fashion show would benefit Neighborhood Nest, a part of local nonprofit group Neighborhood House, based on Atcheson Street.

Neighborhood Nest helps pregnant and new mothers to take care of their children and provide them with such necessities as car seats, formula and clothing.

Wright said the organization's goal is also to reduce the infant-mortality rate.

"Their goal is to basically help people that are having children," she said. "The fashion show will help to raise money for them. We are also working to do collection."

When guests arrive at 10 a.m., a silent auction of donated gift baskets will be set up.

Wright said one new thing this year is two pieces of jewelry donated by the new Tiffany & Co. store at Easton.

Shannon Gabor, NAWN president, said Tiffany donated a set of Elsa Peretti sterling-silver mesh earrings and an Elsa Peretti Sevillana pendant.

Wright said other items include a gift basket from Capital Style, the new magazine published by the Dispatch Printing Company, baskets from the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, Generation Green in Dublin and nine months of prenatal chiropractic care.

"Almost everything is donated," Wright said. "From the flowers on the table to the country club working with us on the price of food, we truly work hard."

The fashion show that starts at 11 a.m. while lunch is served will feature both student and teacher models who will wear about 50 outfits from such places as The Limited, Victoria's Secret, Dr. Mojoe and Jinny's in the Short North.

After the show, the donated outfits also will be for sale.

Gabor said NAWN raised $16,500 from last year's fashion show, which benefited the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation.

"The fashion show started as a preview to another fundraiser," Gabor said. "We started the fashion show modeling gently used clothing. It has really evolved over the last 10 years. Now everything is new and donated from the area's businesses."

Allen Huff, the president and CEO of Neighborhood House, said the Neighborhood Nest program provides pregnant women and families the opportunity to receive needed materials and attend such classes as parenting, prenatal and fathering classes.

The women receive points by going to the doctor and attending parenting classes, among other activities, which allow them to "purchase" materials from Neighborhood Nest.

"We have found since we started doing that, we have run out of space," he said.

Huff said the money raised from NAWN would go primarily to buy supplies for the mothers.

Wright said she is looking forward to the event for both social and philanthropic reasons.

"We are just hopeful that we will be able to sell as much as possible," Wright said.