Saturday, September 26, 2020

Its’ DREAM BIG for the 41st Annual SMCCW Fashion Show


Photos by Maria Lamb | Models for Kays on the Beach.


On January 29th, the San Marco Council of Catholic Women (SMCCW) held its 41st Fashion Show to another sell-out crowd of over 300 attendees.  

The large parish hall sparkled with silver and gold stars on a backdrop of white lights. Sue Holewinski designed the overall décor which highlighted a large golden crescent moon at center stage. The tables were elegantly decorated in gold and silver  

The theme was DREAM BIG with a byline of Style, Service and Spirit. According to Cookie Bergen, Chair of the event, “the purpose was to celebrate who we are as women. Stylewe are unique. Spiritthis is our personality, our integrity and our grace. Serviceas women we care for others through the many opportunities in our area. We give back!” Cookie Bergen and Helen McCullough were emcees for the Fashion Show. 

The hall resonated with the distinctive music of piano artist Carl Granieri of Carl Granieri Orchestras. Fashion commentaries were presented by Jeane Hilt from Kay’s on the Beach and Kathy Campagna of Beach Daisy. Guests dined on delicious gourmet lunch prepared by Frisco’s Catering of Naples.  

Kay Folsom was not able to join the show this year, but her daughter Jeane led the narration for the models. At last year’s event, Kay was honored for her insight on founding this Fashion Show. Kay Folsom, 94+ years young founder of Kay’On The Beach used to emcee the fashion shows for SMCCW, but the baton has been passed on to her daughter Jeane. Kay’s On The Beach carries the latest trends, as well as traditional clothing and styles, ranging from casual to evening sophisticates. The Marco store is located at 1089 Bald Eagle Drive. 

Beach Daisy Boutique specializes in “effortless lifestyle clothing and accessories. They feature quality made in the USA and Canadian lines. They also carry handbags, jewelry, hats and shoes. Beach Daisy is located at 599 So. Collier Blvd., at Marco Walk. 

Photos by Cookie Bergen | Joyce Imbrogno with a Beach Daisy outfit.

As in year’s past, the event included silent auction items such as “All Hands on Deck” which offered a 2-hour cruise on a private yacht for luncheon and drinks provided for up to 12 passengerscourtesy of Chuck and Sue Thomas. The other items offered for silent auctions were from Skin Renewal Systems Medical Spa and a gift basket with a reversible Queen Size Heirloom Quilt by CCW member Elaine Gustafson. 45 baskets were raffled along with 6 fascinators decorated with dollar bills and 10 door prizes. 

A big round of applause to all the elegant fashion models: Sandra Baer, Carol BattyeFlorette Sokulski, Joyce Imbrogno, Sylvia Washbourn, Donna Kaczka, Laura Consolo, Mindy Star, Allyson Richards and Alexandra Schetinno, Carole Ann Anzalone and Kay Halpin. 

Many thanks to all the 100+ volunteers and for the generous support of local business sponsors such as: Skin Renewal Systems, Verdi’s Bistro, Sunset Grille, Island Country Club, Hideaway Beach Club, La Tavola, Black Pearl Pirate Excursions, The Carvelli Restaurant Group for Marco Prime, Da Vinci’s Oyster Society, Snook inn, Bella Florals and More, Pinchers, Marco Island Yacht Club, Make a Memory, Rick’s Island Salon, Publix, Thebleachedmermaid.com, Dunkin Donut, blue Boutique, Keep in Touch, The Pressed Olive, Jump Salon, Dolce Mare, Salon & Spa Botanica, JW Marriott Spa and Marco Island Honey. 

Please save the date: January 27th, 2021 – CCW Fashion Show. 


Photos by Maria Lamb | Jacky Childress with her winning basket of Queen Size heirloom quilt by CCW member Elaine Gustafson.

Photos by Cookie Bergen | Allyson Richards with a Beach Daisy floral outfit.

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