Annual Fashion Show, another success!

from a newsletter article written by Vicki Meyers

The Cole County Historical Society held its annual fashion show on May 9, 2016, at the Capitol Plaza. The theme of the event was “Diamond Jubilee” as the Historical Society is celebrating 75 years of “ensuring a better future for our past”. Over 250 persons attended this event and enjoyed a delicious lunch. More than $17,000 was raised and the proceeds from the event will help defray the operational costs and facility maintenance of the museum at 109 Madison Street. Because of the age of the buildings there are always things to be fixed and the operational costs such as utilities are prohibitive.

Models Bernadette Miller, Emily Diddy, Linda Samson, Kenara Winkerman, Trish Braun, Ariel Pierce, Joan Firley, Karen Kampeter, Jennifer Schnieders, Holey Smothers, Donna Kay Nicklas, Kristi Harper, Jennifer Su, Kwei Lee Su, and Mayor Carrie Tergin modeled lovely clothes from Saffee’s. As the models walked through the audience, attendees were able to see the fashionable outfits up close and talk with the models about the clothes that they were wearing. A thanks goes to Judy Howard and her daughter Michelle Hattaway for coordinating the show and providing beautiful clothes that ranged from casual wear to fabulous formal wear.

A silent auction offered the audience the opportunity to bid on a variety of items that would please anyone that was present. A special thanks goes to Doris Schmutzler and her committee for making the silent auction a success. Credit goes to Betty Weber for adding a live auction this year and 20 antique cookie jars were available for bidding. The cookie jars were quite unique and ranged from a rare collectible Mrs. Fields Sesame Street Cookie Monster cookie jar to a Clown Face Bust Cookie Jar which went for $425. The different cookie jars were quite unique and will certainly be enjoyed by those who purchased them. Another added opportunity was to get the cookie jar that included a diamond valued at $300 from Gold Nugget Rare Coins & Jewelry. Not only did the auctions raise money for the Historical Society but the audience was really involved in the bidding.

Moving to the Capitol Plaza from the Jefferson City Country Club was a plus because we were able to accommodate more people and there was room to have the silent auction in the same room with the audience. We are looking forward to being there next year on May 8 to have another great fundraiser. See you then!

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