The United Church of Marco Island will present the annual Bargain Basket Fashion Show and luncheon on Thursday, February 10, 2011 in Dissler Hall adjacent to the church at 320 N. Barfield. Lunch will be catered by Tastbuds of Naples. The doors will open at 11:30. Lunch will be served at 12:00 noon. Tickets for the event are $25 and may be purchased in advance at the Bargain Basket shop 750 Bald Eagle Dr. or by calling 394-6640. Chairman, Jean O’Neil, says, “Those wishing to reserve an entire table may do so by purchasing a block of eight tickets, and I will put a name on a table, thus reserving it.”
Each year management of the Bargain Basket selects the “cream” of the garment donations, and sets them aside for this fashion show. Attendees are invariably amazed by the quality and style sense of the clothing, jewelry and shoes that make up the outfits. Models are church members and volunteers who work at the “Basket”. During the afternoon, 12 beautiful gift baskets will be auctioned off as door prizes, and guests will laugh their way through Judy Day’s presentation on how to be frugally fashionable. The gift baskets are donated items from local merchants, church members, and in some cases, the Bargain Basket merchandise. All proceeds of the fashion show and raffle are to benefit the UCMI missions such as Adopt-a-Family Christmas gifts, Bed Time Bundles of Collier County, Collier Habitat for Humanity, Echo of Fort Meyers, Goshen Church of God, Haiti Relief, Guadalupe center of Immokalee, Harry Chapen Food Bank, Oasis Counseling Center of Marco Island, Shelter for Abused Women, St. Matthews House and Youth Haven. Janet Watson, volunteer and chairman of Outreach which is the church ministry that selects the missions, says “Many of us have volunteered together at the Bargain Basket, and over the years have developed wonderful friendships. It is gratifying to see the money that is raised going to such needy charitable causes.”
The Bargain Basket is an outreach mission of the United Church of Marco Island. The shop has a long history of helping Marco Island and surrounding communities. It was started 35 years ago in an abandoned Laundromat on state route 951. Over time generous donations from the community and many faithful customers have helped the “Basket” to grow. The new location on Bald Eagle Drive was purchased by the church and opened for business in August of 2010. “I consider the Bargain Basket as a win-win for everyone. The people who donate merchandise have a good feeling because they know the proceeds are going to charity. The people who shop there get a real bargain when they buy, and the missions benefit through thousands of dollars in charitable contributions,” said Sue Woods, Basket manager.