June 20, 1997
Media Contact: Gary Stephenson
Phone: (410)955-5384

In what has become an annual fashion rite, expensive designer dresses, chic contemporary fashions, classic accessories and enduring vintage clothing will be on the racks at the Johns Hopkins 1997 Best Dressed Sale and Boutique.

A 33-year tradition, the sale has a loyal following of savvy shoppers who come from near and far to put punch in their wardrobe without emptying their pocketbooks. For the clothes conscious, it's the fashion equivalent of the Louisiana Purchase.

The sale is set for Sept. 25, 26, 27 and 28 at the Evergreen Carriage House, 4545 North Charles Street, one block north of Cold Spring Lane. Hours for the sale are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, the 25th, and Friday, the 26th; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the 27th; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, the 28th.

This year the Johns Hopkins Women's Board, which puts on the sale, is celebrating its 70th birthday. To honor this milestone, a Sunday shopping day has been added as well as surprise specials during the four-day event. College students and senior citizens will find that some of the sales are earmarked for them.

"Shoppers will find a wonderful selection of quality clothes at bargain prices," says Carolyn Meredith, who along with Debbie Kurz, co-chair this yearıs sale. "Brooks Brothers suits for your husband, Ungaro or Escada outfits for you, and adorable barely-worn clothes for your children will all be found at a fraction of their original prices."

The sale features furs, evening gowns, tuxedos, suits, sport coats, ties, shoes, sweaters, dresses, maternity clothes, and accessories such as scarves, belts, ties, jewelry and pocketbooks.

Thousands of people turn out each year for this fundraising event. Last year, more than $137,000 was raised for The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Money goes to support the programs at The Hospital including the new Comprehensive Cancer Center. For details or directions, call The Women's Board Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays at 410-955-9341.

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