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May 21, 2017

Fun’s in fashion at Seton Women’s Club style show

One of this year’s models pauses on the runway at the May 10 luncheon and style show sponsored by the Seton Women’s Club. (Photo by Sarah L. Murphy)

One of this year’s models pauses on the runway at the May 10 luncheon and style show sponsored by the Seton Women’s Club. (Photo by Sarah L. Murphy)

By Sarah L. Murphy

CARMEL — A riot of sounds and colors greeted the women attending the Seton Women’s Club spring luncheon, style show and raffle on May 10 at the Bridgewater Country Club in Carmel.

A long-standing tradition, the luncheon and fashion show help show the fun and dynamic side of the Seton Women’s Club, said Cindy Schassberger, club president and Luncheon Committee chair. It brings together the women of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish of Carmel; all are members, but roughly 300 are active and engaged with the Women’s Club.

Before enjoying a light lunch, Schassberger invited the nearly 100 attendees at this year’s event to purchase raffle tickets for goods donated by local businesses in the Carmel community as well as to get to know the other women sitting at their tables.

She said that one of the main goals of the luncheon is to meet someone new and discover that it is “amazing how connected we all are.”

“I love the Women’s Club because of the service component,” she added, as she addressed the crowd before Sister Carole Kimes led the women in prayer. Sister Carol is director of pastoral care at the parish.

Both asked that all attendees be mindful of the hands that prepared and served the food, with Schassberger bringing special attention to the committee members and club officers “who really stepped up” to make the luncheon and raffle an exciting event.

Attendee Dorothy Yanavich said she was excited that “so many were here for the first time,” after seeing that roughly half of the attendees’ hands went up when Schassberger asked who was new and who had enjoyed the luncheon before.

“We have a lot of fun, interesting events” that many would not think of as Women’s Club events, said JaAnn Turnwald, vice president of the club.

Past President Diane Davis agreed that other club events are varied and “not all are fund-raisers” which are open to all the churches in the area.

Thanks were expressed to Anne White and Holly Kirsh, the co-owners of AH Collection, who host the style show, select the models’ outfits and accessories, and provide a “pop-up boutique” where women could shop before and after the lunch.

White, a parishioner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, said they bring from their two locations “a little bit of everything with these ladies in mind.”

White is very active in the Women’s Club, as well as serving as a lector at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Davis said.

White uses her considerable talent when the models “go to the shop before the show and she picks it all out,” Davis said of the clothing and accessories worn by the club members who walked the runway.

The models mingled with the attendees after the show, expressing their enjoyment over specific clothing items or accessories they wore down the runway.

One smiled as she explained that she chose to carry around her selections “so no one steals my outfit” as she continued shopping.

Winners of the 11 raffle baskets given away during the event showed their excitement by standing and cheering as the whole room erupted in applause when their names were called.

The income generated from the purchase of the raffle tickets “goes to our general fund, which supports our ministries and various donations,” Schassberger said.

“Our garage sale is epic” and coming at the end of June, she added, stressing that all the involvement of the members of the Seton Women’s Club “drives the service model of what we do.”

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