Fire and Ice makes things nice for St. Jude’s

December 3, 2013

By Kaylan Lovrovich

Sip wine bar and restaurant is pairing up with Opal boutique to put on the Fire and Ice luncheon and fashion show Dec. 14. The proceeds from the ladies-only event will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“It’s going to be all about food, fashion and fun,” said Karen Lawler, Sip restaurant’s director of marketing. “And it’s all for a really good cause.”

Attendees will be greeted with appetizers and champagne, followed by a sit-down lunch and a fashion show put on by Opal. There will also be a raffle and prizes.

Shannen Wyman, owner of Opal, opened her Issaquah Highlands location just two months ago.

“We’re new in the area, so I’m looking forward to meeting some of the people in the community,” Wyman said, “and we always love to be involved with different charities.”

Twenty percent of any clothing purchases will be donated to the research hospital.

Opal is a boutique for contemporary women’s apparel. The store carries a wide variety of clothing, with popular brands such as Michael Stars, True Religion and Vince.

Jamie Scelzi and her husband Lane are the owners of Sip. They also own Melting Pot restaurants in Washington state, which is how they got started fundraising for St. Jude.

“Melting Pot tries to raise the money to provide funds to cover operating costs for St. Jude for just one day,” Scelzi said.

That might not seem like much, but one day costs the research hospital $1.8 million to run.

When the Scelzis opened Sip eight years ago, they saw it as an opportunity to give even more.

“We thought it would be great if we could help out at Sip and donate our proceeds to St. Jude as well,” Scelzi said.

Lawler said that the donations have really made a difference for parents and children who are a part of St. Jude.

If you go

Fire and Ice luncheon and fashion show

1-3 p.m. Dec. 14
1084 N.E. Park Dr.
Tickets are $47 per person and can be purchased at until Dec. 6.

“We’ve been a part of St. Jude for years and done a lot of fundraisers,” Lawler said, “so this is something near and dear to our hearts.”

Scelzi said she and Lane have put on other fundraisers, including an auction, but this is their first time doing a fashion show.

The name of the event comes from a recent trip to France, where Lane Scelzi created two new wines. The red one was named fire, and the white one ice.

Lawler and Scelzi agree the event is a fun way to launch the restaurant’s new wines, get into the holiday spirit and raise money for a great cause.

“During the holidays, people love to come together, but having that benefit something bigger than our community, and the fact that it benefits children, is something that a lot of people care about,” Jamie Scelzi said. “Our hope is to bring women together to experience the ambiance of the holiday while also experiencing fashion and fun.”


Kaylan Lovrovich is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory. Comment at


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