Hats On The Red Carpet In Gulfport

GULFPORT (WLOX) -- It was a red carpet event where a parade of crowns stole the limelight. Members of the North Gulfport Civic Club modeled hats of all colors, shapes and styles during a showstopping hat show at the Good Deeds Community Center.

"I love letting the young folks know they're not the only ones that can model, because we got it, too. We got it going on," says Civic Club member Claudine Mitchell.

"Try to strut it if you can, if not, do the best you can. That's all we ask," says Myrtis Bell, a Civic Club member.

Striking poses and strutting it down the walkway was no problem for Claudine Mitchell who took on a new role when she hit the red carpet.

"Claudiva Mitchell...it's Claudiva Mitchell," says Mitchell.

While the spotlight was on the hat-wearing divas, a few men topped off their best attire with a crowning accessory.  But, amid all the fancy clothes, the show took on a greater purpose, raising money for North Gulfport Middle School.

"We need to help make a difference for the kids and the community to make things better than what they are.  There's always room for improvement," says Civic Club memebr Teresa Gatpatan.

The show's fashionistas are improving the future for tomorrow's young leaders by strutting down the red carpet one hat at a time.

"I will be back for some more," says Claudine Mitchell.

The 11th hour provided live entertainment for the affair. Some of the hats modeled were courtesy of Ethel Shaw with Fashion Touch Boutique.