For the third year, the Young Women's League of New Canaan hosted its fashion show and spring fundraiser, Couture for a Cause.

The event at the Loading Dock in Stamford raised $53,500, surpassing previous years' efforts, according to the organization.

"It's a fun event that everyone looks forward to," YWL President Nicole Cribbins said. "This year we far exceeded our own expectations. We had great new sponsors, hot auction items and gorgeous models."

The funds will go directly to the YWL's grant recipients, Inspirica, Star, buildOn and Filling in the Blanks. In addition, funds will be distributed to other charities that dedicate their efforts to children.

Sponsors were New Country Porsche of Greenwich, Nicole Steel, Playland, Pimlico, Brotherhood & Higley, Kristin Thomas, TOGS, She La La, L'Armoire, Rhone, Soleil Toile, Walin & Wolff and Caren Forbes & Co. and Serendipity.