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'Giving Goes Glam' with woman's club fundraiser
Fashion show, silent auction raise money for local service group
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Sonja McLendon, vice president of professional services for Northeast Georgia Medical Center, models an outfit during the Beauty in the Woods fashion show fundraiser hosted by Dawson County Woman’s Club. - photo by Allie Dean

The Dawson County Woman’s Club held its annual fundraising event this past weekend, a luncheon and fashion show at the Church of the Apostles in Dawsonville.

The 6th annual Giving Goes Glam event was centered around the theme of “Beauty in the Woods.”

A luncheon prepared by the Woman’s Club was preceded by a mingle and silent auction. Raffle tickets were sold and each table was decorated in an outdoorsy theme, with bird houses, sunflowers and burlap aplenty.

The main event was the fashion show, which featured clothes from Bradford Pair, christopher and banks, Elizabeth’s and White House Black Market.

Modeling were Jane Mabry, Sonja McLendon, Jeanne Tompkins, Debbie McCormick, Joan Davis, Sue Zachery-Beach, Jeannette Brand and Janet Duffy.

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Artist Sue Zachery-Beach models for attendees of the Beauty in the Woods fashion show and luncheon held at the Church of the Apostles Saturday. - photo by Allie Dean

Models entered the runway and meandered around the tables, showing off the features of their outfits, which were completely supplied by the retail stores. Some took off their jackets and slung them over their shoulders while others stopped every few tables to show how the pants they wore could also be worn on the reverse side.

In all the event was a success for the club, which is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. The club was organized and chartered in 1979.

President Georgann Schmalz said that the event raised over $12,000 for the group, which carries out community service projects in the county.

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Joan Davis shows off the features of her outfit as she models for the Dawson County Woman’s Club annual fundraiser, Giving Goes Glam. This year’s theme was Beauty in the Woods. - photo by Allie Dean

“We had more attendees than ever before and more sponsor donations from businesses,” Schmalz said. “Since it's our only fundraiser, we count on the generosity of the community.”

The club has a long history of giving back to the same community it depends on for support.

Among the a long list of accomplishments, the Woman’s Club organized the countywide “Adopt a Highway” program, established the Resource Interaction Council which became RIC-Rack Thrift Store and Food Bank, organized R.E.A.D., an adult literacy program, initiated the restoration of the Dawson County historic courthouse, prepared and received a grant for the elevator in the courthouse and established the Dawson County Historical and Genealogical Society, among others.

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Attendees of the annual Giving Goes Glam luncheon eagerly await for the fashion show to begin on Sept. 16. - photo by Allie Dean