HIGH POINT – The first High Point Fashion’s Night Out at The Sherrod takes place on October 1st in memory of a talented designer. The proceeds will go to the new High Point Center for Child Wellness – a family service of the Piemont Center.

Tickets are available now and 20 to 25 fashion show models will be selected to compete in a tent in front of the Allen & James Interior Design location at The Sherrod, 1110 N. Main St.

High Point Fashion’s Night Out will be a charity fashion show featuring Monkees of High Point clothing and Simon Jewelers’ jewelry.

According to Stephanie James, designer and co-owner of Allen & James Interior Design, the first expected annual event will commemorate the well-known furniture designer Michael Delgaudio. Delgaudio had moved from Cleveland to High Point and worked for more than 40 years for many major furniture companies such as Beacon Hill, Century, Boyles, Hickory White, Sherill and Marge Carson.

“He was very important and a leader in our furniture industry where he did merchandising and product development and had the most fabulous showrooms,” said James. “I always followed him and admired him. He had the best eye and would do seminars. If you work in the industry and see such talent, you learn a lot from him. “

James remembered feeling like a star when Delgaudio visited their store three years ago. He told her he loved the energy of her store and wanted to bring his design clients there. He said he could imagine events like a fashion show coming down the steps at the Sherrod.

“He died the next morning,” said James. “I told his wife, Julie Delgaudio, that one day I would be holding a fashion show in his honor. It came together three years later. “

James called Katy Erikson, owner of the chic Monkee’s of High Point boutique, to tell the story of Delgaudio, who died of a heart attack on November 10, 2018. After Erickson agreed to help with the clothes, Gary Simon of Simon Jewelers quickly reached out to deliver the latest jewelry for the fashion show’s models.

Erikson said her store will receive the fall collections in August, September and through October.

“We don’t know exactly what we will have in the store just yet, but we are confident that we can have really fun, neat and interesting clothes for the show,” said Erikson.

Shannon Snipes, Store Manager / Buyer at Allen & James, said the retail store will be open but the event will mostly be held in a tent on the premises.

“We’re hoping for 250 to 300 people,” said Snipes.

The event includes a tribute to Delgaudio and a few words from Tom Campbell, CEO of Family Service des Piedmont, about the High Point Center for Child Wellness, which opened in 2020 at 208 Boulevard St. as the first psychiatric service center of its kind in Switzerland Piedmont.

James hopes the event will raise money for the community. She said she didn’t know how influential Delgaudio’s work was on others in the furniture industry, or how important it was to his designs to see fashion shows, until she spoke to his widow Julie, who told her anyone who came over was looking for hers Paying tribute to the fact that he is a mentor.

“Everyone loves color and fashion for our fabrics and for our furniture industry too,” said James. “I had to grant this man’s wishes.”

A raffle will be held during the event to win art from Windy O’Connor, jewelry from Simon Jewelers and a leather bag from Monkee’s. Raffle tickets can be purchased from either Allen & James or Monkee salesrooms, websites or Instagram links. Tickets are $ 75 for the evening, which includes food, drinks, and the fashion show. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a social hour, with the show starting at 7:00 p.m. and ending at 8:00 p.m.