Woman's Club hosts annual fashion fundraiser for scholarships

Quentin Roux

It was a little difficult to tell just who the models were at the annual fashion show and luncheon put on for the 15th time by the Marco Island Woman's Club.

That's because all the ladies were dressed so beautifully for the occasion, which is indeed a gala affair – but has a serious element of deep commitment.

Simply put, the woman have a great time raising money to send deserving young Marco students to college.

"I joined (the club) because it does help the youth," said one-year member and former Pennsylvania high school math teacher, Pam Spering. "That's the main reason that drew me to this club, but I didn't realize how much fun the club itself was. I went for the goal before I realized the great friendships I have now by being a member."

Earlier, President Sharyn Kampmeyer drew a big round of applause when she said more than 20 Marco students are at this moment benefiting from scholarships awarded by the club. She added that the organization ranked No. 3 in Collier County for financing students and easing their education costs.

The fashion show featured outfits by Chico's, and moderator and announcer was NBC-2 TV anchor Stacey Deffenbaugh, who clearly enjoyed some time out of the studio.

"Every time I come over the bridge, well ...," she said to the audience's delight.

The show and luncheon is the biggest on the Woman's Club calendar, and was held at Hideaway Beach Club. A huge array of gift baskets was offered, Chinese auction-style, and the names of contributing members and business sponsors took up more space on the program than anything else.

There were 120 benefactors in all, not to mention the 150 or so more who paid handsomely to enjoy the afternoon.

The club was chartered in 1966, and besides scholarships helps with a host of other charitable efforts.