A Wee Bit of Fashion raises extra than a wee bit of philanthropy budget


The Women’s Club of Inverness has been reinvesting net proceeds from its spring and fall fundraisers lower back into the community for more than 50 years.

This year’s style show luncheon gain, “A Wee Bit of Fashion,” keeps a 30-yr culture and was held Thursday, April 11. The Scottish topic changed into in honor of the membership’s Inverness legacy.

Guests spent the morning at Stonegate Banquet & Conference Centre trying their luck to win one of the 10 raffle baskets, rating present playing cards or coins from the Money Board or be the triumphing silent auction bidder, and all even as indulging in some retail remedy in the boutique.

Many snapped pix at the brand new Women’s Club of Inverness Banner Wall, which featured a special visitor, Outlander’s Jamie Fraser. Maintaining his boyish accurate appears of 23 years due to the fact 1743, our guests flocked to satisfy this cardboard heartthrob, with no cares that Fraser appeared a “little stiff” and unresponsive to their swooning.

Overall, visitors enjoyed a day of friendship, fashion, and feasting as they supported the Women’s Club of Inverness.


Once within the ballroom, Tracey Tarantino of ZZAZZ Productions wowed the target market along with her runway production showcasing numerous Michigan Avenue boutiques: Anne Fontaine, Karen Millen, LK Bennet, Worth and MaxMara fashions dazzled the audience with spring, and, of direction, plaid looks.

Furs and golfing/tennis attire additionally walked the runway courtesy of York Furriers and PGA SuperStore in Schaumburg. The expert fashions have been enjoyable, but actually no famous than the two Scottish terriers, MacDougal and Mazzy, courtesy of Bob and Nancy Gaul of Inverness. Even male version, Anthony, in a kilt could not compete with those Mac’s.

Fashion Show Chairwomen Fran Guziel and Liz McKay added a reminder to the audience of the occasion’s motive. A former, three-time Women’s Club of Inverness scholarship winner, Catherine Clarke, shared her tale of reversing her future thru schooling.

Catherine’s remark became that the Women’s Club of Inverness scholarship can also have been considered one of many and the amount not as tremendous; however, it turned into the primary scholarship award obtained, which converted her shallowness and empowerment to persevere.

Clarke persevered her education, receiving a grasp’s in art remedy from the Art Institute of Chicago.

McKay, who has served as Women’s Club of Inverness’s Education Committee chair several instances, stated, “This becomes the primary time a former scholarship winner spoke at a WCI fundraiser, and her effect became powerful. WCI changed into capable of offer extra scholarships due to a particular scholarship plea after the speaker.”

Guziel delivered, “The aid of membership, network, and our visitors contributed to usual internet proceeds in excess of $41,000. We thank all of the generous lassies … and laddies.”

The club will approve the board’s recommendation for the 2018-19 philanthropy donations at the May nine General Meeting. At that point, the scholarship winners may also be provided.

Women’s Club of Inverness President Karen Spring added, “The May meeting is one in every of the birthday party for some other a success 12 months of WCI giving to assist ladies, children, households, and seniors in our community.”