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Morrow women take fashionable approach to fund-raising

By Maria Jose Subiria

msubiria@news-daily.com

A group of women dedicated to supporting their community will combine fashion and philanthropy this weekend.

The Morrow Civic Woman's Club will host its 11th annual fashion show Saturday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The program is a fund-raiser for a host of community organizations and programs in the City of Morrow. It will be held at the Morrow First Baptist Church, 1654 Lake Harbin Road. The $10 tickets may be purchased in advance, or at the door.

Ten members from the club will walk on the runway, and model three different outfits from the Belk Department Store in McDonough.

"The models will wear Sunday dress clothes, dresses you can wear to a wedding and casual clothes, like slacks with tops," said Peggy Wilson, co-president of the Morrow Civic Woman's Club. "Belk has also coordinated some jewelry, and shoes with the outfits."

Wilson said this will be the group's first year working on the event with Belk. During its first 10 years, fashion show organizers partnered with Becky Yvonne Shoppe and its owner Becky Bartlett.

Bartlett passed away last year, Wilson said, and the shop, one of the city's oldest retailers, was closed.

"She was so easy to work with," said Wilson. "She would set up a time for models to come in and pick out clothes, helped us choose the clothes, wrote up descriptions to read at the fashion show, and even helped us sell tickets, though she wasn't part of the Woman's Club."

The money raised at the fashion show comes back to the community, said Wilson, a 20-year club member. The funds are distributed to organizations such as Clayton State University, women's shelters and the City of Morrow Tourist Center.

Each year, the Morrow Civic Woman's Club distributes a fashion booklet to its guests which contains advertisements from businesses that support the event.

"We have $4,000 worth of ads this year in the fashion show booklet," said Wilson. "Companies like Chick-fil-A, doctors, Southside Seafood, dentists and car dealerships have contributed."

Headlining the program will be club members like Becky Sanders, who has been a member for more than 25 years, and will be one of the models.

"I will be wearing a three-piece, turquoise pants suit, with matching accessories," said Sanders. "This year I am only wearing one outfit, because I will be handing out door prizes, and doing other things."

Entertainment for the program will be provided by a 35-member group called The Morrow Marvelettes, a group created four years ago specifically for the fashion show.

Its members will perform as a group, and take solos from the musicals "West Side Story" and "Mamma Mia!"

A brunch buffet will also be available at the event.

"I enjoy this fund-raiser, because it's a lot of fun and brings the club together," said Sanders. "We have such good support from the community."