Kate the Great

Remember the 12-year-old go-getter from Ottawa I told you about recently? The one who dreamed up a fashion show fundraiser after being inspired by my book Much Ado About Anne?

She succeeded beyond her wildest expectations!


I’ll let Kate speak for herself.  Here’s what she wrote to me (I’m posting it here with her permission):

“The show went absolutely amazingly!!  It was a smash hit, and it was totally sold out with standing room only!!   We raised approximately $8,175.15.  That’s three thousand over our goal!!  YAY!!  I arrived along with models, hair stylists, and makeup artists at 9 a.m. to begin hair and makeup.  It was a crazy but amazing experience.  I was running around backstage, cueing models, cueing our emcee.  It was AWESOME!!  I totally loved the atmosphere and have started looking into doing it annually!!”

How cool is THAT? SRO and a whopping sum for charity!  Kate, my hat is off to you  — you are an inspiring example of someone who didn’t just dream big, but was willing to roll up her sleeves and work hard to turn that dream into a reality.

Here are some fun links you can visit to hear from Kate herself, see photos of the event, and get the inside scoop from a few of the designers who showcased their work:

Kate’s interview with the Ottawa Citizen

Kate’s interview on “A Morning” Ottawa

Kate’s interview with 2LiveViv

The Bias Cut

Jana Hanzel

Centretown News article

Metro News pictures

Event recap from blogger Erica on Fashion




28 thoughts on “Kate the Great”

  1. CONGRADULATIONS, KATE!!! You are amazing! Megan Wong would have been so proud. In fact, the whole gang would have been proud! 😀

  2. hey kate great job! and heather, could you tell me your email because i cant find it anywhere and would love to email you! thanks! 🙂

      • OMG!! You are the famous Heather Vogel Frederick. I love your books. You are a huge inspiration and my 2nd favorite author. But anyway I have an idea why don’t u make the mother-daughter book club read The Penderwicks. It’s one of my favorite classic stories. I will write to you soon.

  3. This is so cool!! i wish i could do that!! kate how did you round up all those modles hair people ect.live your dream!! Meghan

  4. Hey Meghan!

    I just googled modelling agencies here in Ottawa, and called the first one that popped up, talked to the owner and voila! It was actually one of the easiest parts!!

    Don’t wish to do this, Meghan, DO IT! I can, you can! Cross North America effort!


  5. Oh My Gosh! That is the coolest thing ever! I can’t believe you did that! I would never be able to do something like that! The funny thing is I look JUST like you! In the picture posted we look exactly the same!!! Great Job!!!

    • I know, I know, Maddy. But WYWE is the final one. I’m hard at work cooking up a new book that I hope you’ll fall in love with, though!

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