“Why you were born and why you are living, depends on what you are getting out of this world and what you are giving.” That is the motto of the Marco Island Woman’s Club, an organization that is proud to be both a civic-minded organization and an active social network for the women of Marco Island. The words of that motto resonated with ardent conviction as the club recently presented “Lunch at Tiffany’s,” a fundraising luncheon and style show at the Hideaway Beach Club.
Chaired by Austine Frawley, the event featured a delicious lunch created by the culinary team of Hideaway Beach Club, a silent auction, an abundance of raffle and door prizes donated by local businesses, and fashions by Chico’s and Petunias of Naples.
The models, each one a member of the Woman’s Club, were alluring and glamorous as they channeled Audrey “Holly Golightly” Hepburn of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Moderated by NBC-2 Anchor Stacey Deffenbaugh, the show was an extravaganza of the latest couture.
Jo Anne Patterson was stunning in a mercer blue wrinkle free jacket from Chico’s Travelers collection. Paired with the popular “no tummy” pant and accessorized with not one, but two necklaces, this is a look that is truly 2018!
Ronda Balham was tropically chic in an abstract print top with a keyhole neckline and asymmetrical hemline. Paired with a wide leg pant in the color raw sienna, this outfit is part of Chico’s Black Label collection.
Marsha Kaforey took flight on the runway in a denim jacket and matching jeans, stylishly adorned with hand-painted butterflies. The outfit has an original one-ofa kind look that Marsha wore so very well!
Gloria Ippolito turned heads in a fabulous black and white wrap worn over the Chico’s Travelers collection little black dress. Layered necklaces from the Connie Jewelry collection completed this classically elegant look.
Carolyn Dorris took a walk on the wild side in an animal print jacket with front snaps and adjustable sleeves paired with Juliette ankle pants, as seen in O magazine. An adjustable leather choker with a glistening pendant gave a dazzling finish to this fabulous look!
Tanya LaButte wowed the audience in a Canadian one shoulder dress with a detachable skirt that doubles as a cape. This look is very unique and oh so chic!
Carol Ann Anzalone was positively regal in a floor length black gown with ruffled neckline from Petunias of Naples. A sparkling tiara and long black gloves completed this look of royal elegance.
The models were escorted on and off the runway by Pat O’Gorman and Sergio Deleon of the Marco Island Fire Rescue department. These men exhibit bravery every day in the performance of their jobs, but they were especially courageous to be almost the only two men in a room of 250 women at a fashion show! They were great sports as they took to the runway themselves for a closing walk to the tune of Lady Gaga’s Poker Face. Dianna
Dohm, President of the MIFR Foundation was on hand to accept a generous donation for the foundation from the Marco Island Woman’s Club.
Priscilla Penn, President of the Marco Island Woman’s Club summed up the event, saying “Fundraisers such as today’s style show enable the Club to contribute to local agencies and services, including the island’s library, healthcare center, cemetery, both Mackle and Veterans
Community Parks, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, and the Shelter for Abused Women. I am especially proud of the
Club’s Educational Foundation which awards annual college scholarships to Marco
Island high school students.” In addition to those services mentioned, in 2016-2017, the Marco Island’s Woman’s Club gave charitable contributions to the CFCC for Marco Island Women and Children, Marco Island Alzheimer’s Respite Program,
Marco Island Kiwanis Dental Program for Children, Marco Island Historical Museum Education Committee, Marco Island Center for the Arts Children and Youth Initiative, Marco Island Academy Marine Science Program, the Wig Room at the American Cancer Society, Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, Music Scores! For Marco Island Pre- School Children, Freedom Water and a gift for Marco Island’s 50th Anniversary.
Lunch at Tiffany’s was a day of style and glamour, but the real beauty of the day came from the hearts of each and every member of the Marco Island’s Woman’s Club. Their dedication and commitment continue to make our island a community of paradise.
To learn more about the Marco Island Woman’s Club, please visit www.marcowomansclub.com.