By Joel Hall
For the 10th year in a row, the Morrow Civic Woman's Club will give women, ranging in age from their 20s to their 70s, a chance to display the latest fashion trends. All while raising money for charitable causes.
This Saturday, at 9:30 a.m., at First Baptist Church of Morrow, the club will host its annual fashion show. It is the group's largest fund-raiser.
"It has become, for us, a signature event. We do other fund-raisers, but this is what we call our big fund-raiser," said Peggy Wilson, co-president of the club and chair of the fashion show.
She said the event aims to raise about $5,000 every year. The money is used to fund two $1000 scholarships for women returning to school to finish their education.
The money also goes toward scholarships to students at Tallulah Falls School, a boarding school in the northeastern corner of Georgia; financial aid to local shelters for battered women; glasses for children in Clayton County whose parents cannot afford them, and meals for Calvary Refuge Center in Forest Park.
The club was formed over 40 years ago, "so the women of the Morrow area could be informed and be a part of community activities," said Wilson. "All the money we make for this fashion show goes back into Clayton County," and the surrounding area, she added.
For the last 10 years, Becky Bartlett, co-owner of Becky Yvonne Shoppe in Morrow, has provided the clothes for the fashion show.
This year, however, will be the final show in which Bartlett and her shop will participate. Due to complications from cancer, Bartlett will close her shop by the end of the month.
"I've known these ladies for 30 years," said Bartlett. "They've bought clothes from me for a long time. The show's been very productive, and they've been a big part of our businesses."
Bartlett said while she is ready to move on from being actively involved in the fashion show, she wants people to come to fellowship and support the work of the Morrow Civic Woman's Club.
"They make enough money from this fund-raiser to do all of their projects," said Bartlett.
"It's been a pleasure working with Becky, because she's such a professional and such a nice person," said Connie Johnson, a member of the civic club and one of Saturday's models. "My mother always went to Becky Yvonne when she needed something nice to wear, and its sad that the Southside is loosing that caliber of shop."
Johnson hopes people will come together on Saturday to not only recognize the work of Becky Yvonne Shoppe and the Morrow Civic Woman's Club, but also to fellowship.
The fashion show, "raises money, but it also gives the community a chance to come together," said Johnson.
First Baptist Church of Morrow is located at 1647 Lake Harbin Road in Morrow. Tickets for the event are $10. Call (770) 389-5301, for more information.