Salvation Army literally left hundreds breathless. Roberta was her name, and her testimonial opened the 2013 Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show. In a darkened tent in North Dallas, just moments before runway walks were to begin, a brave survivor of domestic abuse put a face to thousands of victims here in the Metroplex. Roberta’s video detailed a violent relationship, multiple serious injuries, and a fateful call for help. To hundreds of our city’s most glamorous and generous women, the heart wrenching story served as a reminder of those would benefit from the day’s events. The following facts are also breathtaking. According to Patrick Patey, Public Relations Manager, a vast region of five counties is served by the Salvation Army’s DFW Metroplex Command. Its population exceeds that of the entire state of Oklahoma. Over 70 services are offered, including disaster relief, homeless shelters, substance abuse treatment, and domestic violence programs. Our city’s Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary boasts 500-plus members, and 2012’s annual fundraiser took in over $600,000 for the cause. Tootsies-sponsored “Chic Boutique” in the venue’s main hall. Its racks were lined with donated designer apparel and accessories from Dallas’ most enviable closets. We spied Armani, Escada, Carolina Herrera, and many more bold-face names. Ticket prices dipped to $45, $20, even $10 per item. All proceeds benefited the Salvation Army. And the fashionable philanthropy was just beginning. More designer goods would be up for grabs as the day progressed. Gloria Campos (pictured above) and Auxiliary President Carolyn Miller lead a round of thanks to chairs Karen Dealy and Nancy Bierman (pictured below), as well as honorary chairs Nancy Perot, Suzanne McGee, Carolyn Rathjen, Katherine Reeves, and Sarah Perot. As music came up and models stood at the ready, all were advised to bid generously on the runway show. Jan Strimple-produced Salvation Army show swirl in the Dallas fashion community, and they are not tall tales. This year’s showcase featured looks styled to perfection from both new and donated designer items. SalvationArmyDFW.org. All photos, credit Sylvia Elzafon for DFW Style Daily.