Woman’s Club marks golden anniversary

Dessert highlights the club's 50th year of operation.
  • The club focuses on charity, and particularly on scholarships for deserving Marco students

They always tend to do their functions in style, but for the Marco Island Woman’s Club, this one had a little extra pizazz.

The club, big on charity and particularly student scholarships, on Tuesday staged its annual luncheon and fashion show at Hideaway Beach. The special part was that the Woman’s Club is entering its 50th year of operation, and the milestone coincided nicely with the luncheon and fashion show by Chico’s.

President Penny Weidner called it a “Golden celebration” as she welcomed about 200 women, who were dressed as fashionably as the in-house club member models who would later strut their stuff in Chico’s outfits.

Model Judy Kenney joins the group for a final turn after presenting three outfits each. Behind her is Karen DuMontier-Gilligan.

They were Carol Ann Anzalone, Ronda Balham, Bonnie Calvin, Karen Dumontier-Gilligan, Judy Kenney, Joanne Patterson, Caitlin Robinson and Debbie Silvestri.

Function co-chairs were Sharyn Kampmeyer and Anne Marchetti, and their husbands Paul and John respectively, served as escorts for the models.

Table floral arrangements complement the special luncheon.

The club was established in 1966 as a social and civic-minded organization strongly focused on causes that have included founding the city’s library, providing substantial scholarships for deserving local students, helping financially with the launch of the Marco Healthcare Center, donating to Meals of Hope, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Center for the Arts, the Veteran’s Freedom Foundation Foundation and also promoting island beautification.

The Club also participates in regular beach clean-ups.

Jeanne Patterson models Chico's clothing during a Woman's Club luncheon Tuesday at Hideaway Beach. The club holds numberous fundraisers to finance student scholarships. See more photos on Page B6-7.

See a photo spread of the show on Pages B6-7 of the Jan. 28 Sun Times.