Beat cancer with fashion and smiles this March at Bistro Soleil restaurant by attending the fifth annual Hope Love Cure Fashion Show benefiting the American Cancer Society. Marco Island Clothing Company and Bistro Soleil restaurant are co hosting the Hope Love Cure Fashion Show on Tuesday, March 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bistro Soleil at 100 Palm St.
At the heart of the event are personal stories like Lisa Meurgue’s, the co-owner of Bistro Soleil. In remission from breast cancer for four years now, Meurgue said the big “c” has haunted her life for a long time. Her sister at the young age of 43 lost her battle with ovarian cancer and Lisa’s father is a 20-year survivor of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.
“Personal loss and my own drive to beat this disease have made me thankful, but what motivates me are my children, my husband and the many women I can help beat this disease,” Meurgue said.
Meurgue has traveled to New York to participate with two of three of her daughters and participated in the Avon breast cancer walk. When her youngest daughter turns 16, she plans to participate again as much of a celebration of her own life and to educate her daughters.
In the State of Florida, Marco Island ranks as the sixth highest fundraising city for the American Cancer Society thanks to events like the Hope Love Cure Fashion Show. Fox 4 news anchor Patrick Nolan has emceed the event since it began four years ago and this year his co host Emily Dishnow will be joining him at the event.
The event is expected to draw more than 100 women and will raise funds for the local American Cancer Society chapter. This year’s fashion show will promote the newest trends for the upcoming spring season. Ladies attending will enjoy a fine French, bistro style lunch created personally by Lisa’s husband Bistro Soleil Chef Denis Meurgue.
Marco Island Clothing Company, owned by Bob and Joyce McFarland, has planned a big show for the event with a special focus on women’s resort wear including Joseph Ribkoff, Frank Lyman and other designers. The Marco Island retail shop carries Vera Bradley bags, totes and Brighton accessories and is catering this year’s fashion event on spring trends.
Tickets cost $50 with $25 benefiting the Marco Island American Cancer Society (ACS) and $25 covering the cost of lunch. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Marco Island ACS at 239-642-8800, extension 0. Individuals may also pay for and pickup tickets at the ACS office located at 583 Tallwood #101, Marco Island, Fla.
About Bistro Soleil: Chef Denis Meurgue and his wife Lisa founded Bistro Soleil with a vision to bring rich French cuisine to Marco Island, Florida. Chef Denis is an award winning culinary expert influenced by his passionate culinary odyssey in the Mediterranean, Mexico, Europe and the Caribbean. Creating an array of tastes, Chef Denis founded a cult following for his flavorful menu and Bistro Soleil’s inviting, intimate atmosphere. In 2013, the couple expanded the company to include Petit Soleil, a breakfast and lunch restaurant, and gourmet grocery. Bistro Soleil and Petit Soleil are located in Marco Island’s Historic District adjacent to the Olde Marco Inn and Suites.