Junior League of Raleigh Partners with Belk to Present Fashion Forward

Raleigh | February 23, 2015: The Junior League of Raleigh, a nonprofit organization focused on training women as community leaders and volunteers, is partnering with Belk, the nation’s largest privately owned and maintained department store, for the 4th annual Fashion Forward event. This spring fashion benefit will celebrate the season’s must-have trends on Sunday, Mar. 8 at 6 p.m., at Belk Crabtree Valley Mall, located at 4325 Glenwood Avenue. All event ticket proceeds will support the Junior League of Raleigh in its community partnerships, volunteer service and leadership training. The event will feature a runway fashion show at 6:45 p.m., presenting all the latest spring fashions from Belk. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages while shopping before and after the fashion show. There will also be a special guest appearance by former royal chef Darren McGrady. This year the League will debut Youth Forward, a contest featuring designs created by youth from four of the League’s community partners: AventWest Children’s Mentoring, Brentwood Boys & Girls Club, Heritage Park Community Center and StepUP Ministry. The designs will be on display at Belk for a week leading up to the event, and the public will be able to vote at Belk for the winning design for a small donation. The winner, to be announced during the Fashion Forward event, will benefit from the voting proceeds. Tickets are on sale now — general admission tickets are $25 each and include food, drinks from

Tickets are available to the public and may be purchased on the League’s website, https://www.jlraleigh.org.


About the Junior League of Raleigh

The Junior League of Raleigh is the local chapter of the Association of Junior Leagues International, an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in, and commitment to, volunteerism. Now in its 85th year, the Junior League of Raleigh boasts nearly 1,700 women supporting community organizations around Wake County.



Belk seeks to satisfy the modern Southern lifestyle like no one else, so that our customers get the fashion they desire and the value they deserve. Our vision is for the modern Southern woman to count on Belk first – for her, for her family, for life.



Darren was personal chef to Queen Elizabeth II, Diana, Princess of Wales and Princes’ William and Harry for 15 years and has cooked for five US Presidents. He is now a chef, author, culinary consultant, event planner and public speaker living in Dallas, Texas. His first cookbook titled ‘Eating Royally; recipes and remembrances from a palace kitchen’ is now in sixth print with all of his advance and royalties donated to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation. He has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, several times on CNN’s Larry King Live, the Fox News Channel, BBC, CBC, MSNBC and Sky Television as well ason Fox and Friends covering the Princess Diana Memorial. CNN covering the Royal Wedding and cooked on the Today Show and CBS Early Show in New York. Darren worked in the Royal Kitchen at Buckingham Palace where for 11 years he cooked for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and their guests on a daily basis and catered banquets for Foreign Heads of State including Presidents’ Bush, Clinton, Reagan and Ford. His duties included traveling with the royal family to Windsor Castle, Sandringham House and Balmoral Castle as well as on the Royal Yacht Britannia on royal tours around the world. For four years ( until the tragic accident in August 1997) he took control of Princess Diana’s, William and Harry’s day to day menus and the preparation and catering of private and official lunch and dinner parties, liaising with the Princess daily. Since the Princess’s death, he has devoted much of his free time working for causes she supported, including shelters for battered women, charities for children with chronic illnesses and disabilities and breast cancer charities.