WINTERSVILLE — The GFWC Wintersville Woman’s Club has two year-end projects on its plate, including the return of its Holiday Splendor-style lunch and show.
Last year’s event fell victim to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s 19th annual fundraiser in aid of scholarship awards will be held December 5 at the St. Florian Event Center, 286 Luray Drive, Wintersville.
The doors open at 11:30 a.m. and participants will be able to shop with the various vendors who will be on site. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. with the menu consisting of chicken parmesan, pasta, salad, bread and dessert.
The fashion show will feature women’s wear from Cato Fashions at the Fort Steuben Mall with club members serving as models. Thereafter, purchases from vendors will be available until 4 p.m.
The cost of tickets is $30 and the reservation deadline is November 25. Checks should be made payable to GFWC Wintersville Woman’s Club, 109 N. Avalon Drive, Wintersville OH 43953. Questions can be directed to Karen at (740) 381-2568.
In addition to the lunch, fashion show and vendor shopping, the event will also include a variety of themed baskets in a Chinese auction. Tickets are $1 each; six for $5; or 15 for $10. A separate raffle will take place for a 32-inch TV. There will also be a 50-50 draw with tickets available for $1 each or six for $5.
No raffle tickets will be sold after 1 p.m.
Entrants are automatically entered into a raffle for door prizes, and one lucky entrant will receive a special raffle gift of jewelry from Discovery Jewelers of Wintersville. Members of the women’s club are not eligible for the jewelry raffle.
“It’s a fantastic afternoon to have fun, be entertained and visit your friends,” commented Marjean Sizemore, a member of the Wintersville club and event planning committee who is also the OFWC state chairman.
“We have vendors, door prizes, a Chinese auction and a wonderful lunch and have been doing this for several years. It is very well presented and very popular with the community. The community looks forward to it every year,” Plus size added.
The members had a planning meeting Thursday at Murray’s in Wintersville.
The event co-chairs are Aimee Jaros, Iris Craig and club president Pat Ketzell.
Another project on the club’s agenda is a drive-through, welcoming support and donations from the community at large.
It will be held Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at the Wintersville United Methodist Church at 702 Main Street. Drive-thru will be in the parking lot on the Fernwood Drive side.
The effort will involve collections of the following:
fleece blankets for dialysis patients;
Non-perishable food items, teenage bags and children’s gifts distributed by Wintersville Good Neighbors; and
Donations of gently used clothing, small containers of personal hygiene items and suitcases for the ALIVE shelter which helps victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
The latter will be presented to Jodi Scheetz, director of ALIVE Inc., an acronym for Alternatives to Living in Violent Environments. Scheetz was the guest speaker at the club’s October meeting and was introduced by club member Michalene King, gave meditation and grace, and served as hostess with Linda Nolf.
The next club meeting will be at noon Nov. 18 at the St. Florian Event Center with Arts and Culture Chair Judy Ostrowsky serving as hostess along with Ella Jane Burns, Gloria Popp, Darlene Snider and Tyra Timmons.
The program will include instruction and construction on making Christmas decorations for nursing homes.
The Wintersville Woman’s Club meets the third Thursday of the month, September through May, for a noon lunch, business meeting and program presenter at the St. Florian Event Center.
New members are welcome.