Fashion show benefits playground

APTOS — The Aptos Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Hats off to Spring Fashion” event is not only a way to check out the latest fashions from local businesses, but also a chance to benefit a local organization.

This year, the partial proceeds from the show will benefit Leo’s Haven, Santa Cruz County’s first playground meant to be accessible to all children, regardless of disability.

Proposed to be constructed at Chanticleer Avenue Park, the playground is designed with a farm theme. Separate play spaces for children ages 0-5 and 6-12 provide interactive experiences for all in a setting that supports multi-generational play.

Playground features include a sensory touch wall, a farmer’s market, and accessible and traditional swings and slides from which to descend from the playground’s multi-level barn structure.

Leo’s Haven is currently in the midst of a fundraising campaign to raise $1.93 million needed to finance the playground, bathrooms and a parking lot.

The playground started as a dream for Watsonville residents Bob and Patricia Potts, whose children are the playground’s namesakes: Lauren, Evelyn and Oliver, who uses a wheelchair.

Aptos Chamber of Commerce co-Executive Director Karen Hibble said the goal of “Hats off to Spring Fashion” is to “sell out so we can get this playground built.”

“It’s going to be a really great day,” she said, adding that Oliver will be one of the models during the show. “We want the community to come out and support local stores and Leo’s Haven.”

Among the businesses showcasing their fashions are Cinnamon Bay, O’Neill Surf Shop, Klub Nico, Kickback Boutique and more.

The event will be held at the Seascape Beach Resort in Aptos on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $50 per person.

Reservations are required. To RSVP, call 688-1467 or email [email protected].

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