Fashions for the Valley
IF YOU GO...
Who: P.E.O. Chapter IW in Battlement Mesa
What: Fashions for the Valley fundraiser
When: 11:30 a.m. on Saturday
Where: Grand Valley Recreation Center in Parachute
How much: $25 tickets available by calling Holly at 970-948-1912
Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) Chapter IW in Battlement Mesa is gearing up for its biggest annual fundraiser: Fashions for the Valley.
The fashion show will feature 18 models and 24 different outfits from Herberger’s, Christopher & Banks and Miller’s Dry Goods. In addition to the show, ticket-holders will be treated to a three-course lunch with wine pairings, a silent auction and the opportunity to purchase a locally made 2016 calendar with the theme “12 Reasons We Love Battlement Mesa/Parachute,” featuring 12 local “calendar boys” who will also be modeling in the fashion show. All this is only $25.
“We’ve never gone quite this big for a project before, but we’ve had a lot of fun getting this together,” said Karen Klink, public relations officer for P.E.O. Chapter IW.
The fashion show started at about the same time as the IW chapter of P.E.O., Klink said, which was organized in January 2006. She said it seemed like a fun way to raise money for the chapter, and it has been growing more and more successful ever since. Last year, the event raised $3,600. The year before, it almost reached $3,000. Klink said the chapter hopes to raise more than $4,000 this year.
The money raised goes toward scholarships for local women.
“It’s a fabulous event, but the biggest thing is by coming out to this, you’re supporting the local girls,” Klink said. “We’re a town that has quite a few low-income people. The more money we can raise, the more girls whose lives we can touch by getting them educated.”
P.E.O. was founded in 1869 by seven students at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. They were frustrated that there were no opportunities specifically for girls, so they put together their organization to raise money to educate women.
In addition to the ticket sales, P.E.O. Chapter IW also raises money from a silent auction. There are more than 30 items in the auction, and many of them were handmade by P.E.O. members, including some jewelry and pendants, pottery and a small knit purse.
And for the first time, the chapter produced a calendar featuring 12 local men which will be sold for $20.
“It’s not like ‘Calendar Girls,’” Klink said with a laugh.
The men all live and work in the Parachute/Battlement Mesa community. They represent all walks of life, with employess of the oil and gas industry, a grocery store, the fire department, the ranching industry and more. Each photo captures the man in his workplace, creating an illustration of the community.
“I had four calendars sold before they were even printed,” Klink said with a laugh. “It’s a very big draw right now. I’m sure we’ll have to put another order in before too long. It’s just a lot of fun.”
In fact, she said, the whole event provides a great time.
“Every year you hear everybody in the audience just laughing and having a good time,” Klink said. “It’s a great thing, and it really does help the girls.”
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