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Friday, July 12, 2024

GOP women enjoy fashion to raise money for scholarships

Joan Runyon, Barbara Qualls and Joanne Cooper.
Joan Runyon, Barbara Qualls and Joanne Cooper.

The goal of the Republican Federated Women of The Villages is to work together to help elect Republican candidates in upcoming elections. The women work very hard — they’re serious about their goals — and they have formed fast friendships in pursuit of their networking and communications endeavors.

But on Thursday afternoon at the Dunedin Recreation Center they set aside their usual busy slate to just have food, fashion flair and fun — and raise scholarship funds.

One of the models shows off a dress.
One of the models shows off a dress.

“This is the most important part of today,” club president Joanne Cooper reminded the audience, as she explained how the scholarship plans were developing. “We’re here to have fun and win prizes — but this is a fundraiser. The money we collect from the luncheon and the raffle tickets will go toward funding a scholarship for a local high school student who exhibits conservative values.” The essay committee, made up of Pat Walsh, Bobbi Neal and Lisa McKay, will consider applicants’ grade point averages (GPAs) and extra-curricular activities. They will also focus on essays the students will be asked to write about “America as an Exceptional Nation.”

The group invited Kim St. John, proprietor of the Bear Dance Boutique in Spanish Springs, to display some of her latest fashions. Models Ann Stuart, Berta Ulrich, Carmen Saunders, Sue Cianci and others showed off some stunning casual and dressy outfits to the crowd. The fashions emphasized flattering lines, sharp style and soft wrinkle-free fabrics that travel well. Several black and white outfits stood out, as did other layered costumes in bright colors, enhanced by classy fashion jewelry. The models are all residents and club members — but looked like professional models as they smiled and  strutted around the room, showing their layers of fashion.

Aileen Milton and Carolyn Briggs.
Aileen Milton and Carolyn Briggs.

The Villages Tea Party President Aileen Milton and Carolyn Briggs, prompted brisk sales of raffle tickets for dozens of beautiful gift baskets.

Republican Federated Women of The Villages meets the second Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Bacall Recreation Center on Canal Street. For more information or to join in the work the group performs, contact Joanne Cooper, president, at 352 350-6799 or treasurer/membership chair, Barbara Qualls at 352 751-1323.

“The Republican Federated Women are Federated,” Barbara Qualls reminded everyone, “so we work with larger organizations outside The Villages — national as well as locally. We are do-ers. We are very pro-active and we definitely do make a difference.”

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