By Dawn Krebs
PORT ST. LUCIE - The Port St. Lucie Business Women Club raises more than $15,000 every year for the community, and they do it by putting their most "fashionable" foot forward.
For the 23rd year, the group is holding its annual luncheon and fashion show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club on April 20. This year, the Hollywood-themed event is entitled "Red Carpet Affair."
"This is our only fundraiser," said Dorothy Kamm, publicity chairwoman for the club. "We started planning the event back in September."
The club is a professional organization of women that helps promote the interests of businesswomen in the community.
"Scholarships are also given every year to women attending Indian River State College," Ms. Kamm said.
There will also be a raffle and a silent auction during the event to help raise funds. The raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $25.
This year, the raffles will feature a classic Coach handbag and matching wallet. The duo features the Coach logo in neutral tones in gold and ivory. Another raffle item is a 55-inch HDTV. The organization thanks Gold Rush America and Perfect Drive Golf Villas at PGA Village for the sponsorship of the raffle prizes.
One of special items available for auction at the fashion show is a pendant hand-created by Greg Childress, manager of Best Value Jewelry & Pawn.
Reflecting the theme this year, the pendant features a classic pearl and diamond multi-strand necklace valued at $2,300.
"Pearls are classic and timeless, while the gold and asymmetrical diamond centerpiece adds a touch of modern glamour," said Mr. Childress.
The 34-inch long, triple freshwater Akoya pearl strands also has a shorter detachable 14k diamond necklace. The necklace features interlocking geometric shapes that evoke the elegant Art Deco style popular in the 1920s. Raffle tickets for the necklace will only be available at the event.
In addition, themed gift baskets will be given as door prizes.
The silent auction will provide more opportunities to bid on a variety of items that have been donated to the event by local businesses.
For the fashion side of the event, clothing from White House/Black Market, Chico's and Men's Wearhouse will be featured on volunteer models from the community, such as Ken Pruitt, Larry Lee Jr., Aileen Pruitt, Faye Outlaw, Nancy Hilton and more.
Tickets for the fashion show are $45 and are available by calling (772) 342-7701 or emailing ellen.falk@seacoast national.com.