St. Vincent De Paul Announces Retrofittings Fashion Show To Be Held October 10 At Music Hall

Innovative event with UC DAAP students draws sell-out crowds

Cincinnati, OH – September 2013 –To accommodate growing ticket demand and repeat sell-out crowds, St. Vincent de Paul’s 11th annual RetroFittings event will move to Music Hall on  October 10, 2013 with emcee Artrell Hawkins, Fox Sports Daybreak Talk Radio host and former Cincinnati Bengal. The new Creative Director, Joe Rigotti, used the new venue as inspiration for this year’s theme, “A Night at the Opera.”

RetroFittings is an innovative event that spotlights the fashion designs of more than 50 fashion design students from the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. Each student was given a $10 voucher to shop at one of St. Vincent de Paul’s seven Thrift Stores to redesign and create an ensemble inspired by one of eight famous operas. Each design will be modeled by UC students in a New York style fashion show. The event will also feature boutique shopping, cocktails and h'ors d'oeuvres, raffle prizes, and a live auction with special guest Jen Dalton of Local 12.

Proceeds from the event benefit St. Vincent de Paul's efforts to bring hope to the front line of poverty, with more than 900 parish volunteers visiting the homes of neighbors in need to provide innovative, practical emergency assistance throughout Greater Cincinnati.

Tickets are on sale now at, $100 for VIP, $60 for General Admission and $20 for students.  

This year’s sponsors include The Hatton Foundation, Protective Life Insurance, The Thomas J. and Linda Mueller Family Fund, Dan Meyer and Gary Southern, Macy's and a Friend of RetroFittings, Niehaus Financial Services, Paul and Meg Tarvin, Krombholz Jewelers, The Bhati Family, BangZoom, The Bank of Kentucky, Braun Heat and Air Conditioning, Catino Family Fund, GBBN Architects, Huntington Bank, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Sisters of Charity, SOTO, St. Rose Church, US Bank, Dianne and Bob Brown, Ernst & Young, Gallagher SKS, Haglage Construction, Joseph Auto, L'Oreal, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Wells Fargo Advisors, Advance Pierre Food, DMR/Interactive, Kathleen and Mike Stenger, Kathy and Jay Wertz, and Western & Southern Financial.


Taren Kinebrew, owner of Sweet Petit Desserts, is chairing this year’s event.


“Taren and the RetroFittings committee members are taking this event to a whole new level this year,” said Liz Carter, executive director, St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati. “With the new venue, new creative director and the involvement of Artrell Hawkins and Jen Dalton, the event promises to be more successful than ever before, allowing St. Vincent de Paul to help even more neighbors in need.”

Kinebrew leads a committee including Creative Director Joe Rigotti, UC Liaison Ann Firestone, and committee members Kendra Bach, Dianne Brown, Mary Casella, Moira Clark, Donna Dorger, Tina Hawking, Kelly Horan, Peggy Mossbarger, Hengameh Nassef, Barb Rinehart, Carmen Sanders, Tammy Snider, Sherry Steinbeck, Pam Steiner, Kathleen Stenger, Lori Stenger, Tamie Sullivan, Meg Tarvin, Giovanna Delli-Carpini Trimpe, Alexandra Underwood, Jayne Watkins and Janice Welch.

The event begins at 6:00 pm with refreshments, a live auction, a raffle and a boutique sale preceding the fashion show. Tickets are on sale now at, $100 for VIP, $60 for General Admission and $20 for students. Follow RetroFittings at

About St. Vincent de Paul



The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) has been helping Greater Cincinnati and Hamilton County residents in need with the basic necessities of life for more than 140 years. The organization works personally with those in need, regardless of race or creed, to bridge the spiritual, emotional and material gaps in their lives through home visits provided by neighborhood-based volunteer groups, and groundbreaking initiatives like the Charitable Pharmacy as well as our network of seven food pantries and seven thrift stores and donation centers across Cincinnati. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul continues to be a leading community service organization, recently recognized as a One Award Finalist, by The Better Business Bureau (BBB) as a Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics winner and by The CincinnatiUSA Regional Chamber of Commerce as Non-Profit of the Year. For more information in Cincinnati visit

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