Who, What, Where, Now!
Lingerie and Martinis Mix with Charity
Fashion Show Benefits The Hunger Coalition
Photography by Heather Linhart Coulthard
Last Wednesday, November 20, the glowing bar-top at Cornerstone was converted into a catwalk for booty-bearing local models. While outside, snow flurried onto an otherwise quiet Main Street, inside, music pumped throughout the jam-packed restaurant like a Ketchum-style Coyote Ugly.
Sixteen sexified models, including three boys and 13 girls, danced and strutted down the bar in lacy lingerie and soft, plushy robes. A wide-eyed and whistling crowd cheered them on, trying to fumble an iPhone camera in one hand and a cocktail in the other.
Sporting sleepwear and underwear from Ketchum Bed and Bath and PACT Apparel, familiar faces like Lexi and Emilie DuPont, Alexa Turzian, Katie Dondero, Abby Siebert, Lili Hansen, Charlotte Hemmings, Lily Fink-Debray and Cole Newcomb bared their shoulders, spun and posed with their best Blue Steel. Only a few couldn’t contain smiles and a little blushing.
Coordinators Mimi and Mackenzie Harbaugh orchestrated the event from behind the scenes—dressing, styling and herding the nervous first-time models (and feeding them plenty of wine to curb the jitters).
Like most fun parties we throw in Ketchum, this one also benefited an important local charity—The Hunger Coalition. Guest bartenders Brooke McKenna, James Fisher and Candice Pate shook martinis over their shoulders, swirled samples of fine wine and poured some stiffies to loosen everyone up for the naked-fest. “Please feed the hungry children, but don’t feed the models,” laughed Cornerstone co-owner, Meg Vorm.
Twenty-five percent of all dinner and appetizer proceeds went to the Hunger Coalition, as well as a portion of the bar sales for the night. Baby beauties and models-in-training, Emma Coulthard and Kai Curtis, walked around collecting cash donations from excited and increasingly generous attendees ($600 total—great job girls!)
“Dina [the owner of Ketchum Bed and Bath] did a great job pulling this together in just a few weeks,” said Brooke McKenna of the Hunger Coalition. “It was a really fun event.”
Sun Valley Magazine intern (and apparently hot-bodied male model), Cole Newcomb, had this to say about the night: "Dina roped me in, under the guise that I would be 'helping out with an event,' so I jumped at the opportunity to support the Hunger Coalition. Little did I know I'd be on the Cornerstone's bar in just my boxer briefs! It turned out to be a lot of fun, and it's great to see so many people come out to raise money and awareness, especially with the holidays coming up."
As Mimi mentioned while she emceed the show, gentlemen looking for last-minute Christmas presents couldn’t have found a better surprise for their lady-lover (or themselves, really). Stop by Ketchum Bed and Bath for all the best, coziest and sexiest in Christmas bedwear!
Huge thank you to Meg and Erik Vorm at the Cornerstone and to all the brave and beautiful models!
If you’re feeling charitable this holiday season, contact The Hunger Coalition at (208) 788-0121 to make a donation and feed a hungry family.