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Salad and Style show supports local programs

Peggy Byers spins on the runway of the Pioneer Ladies Civitan Salad and Style Show Tuesday in a Christopher & Banks outfit. (Photo by Janelle Patterson)

Boasting an attendance of 180 women raising more than $1,800 in bidding wars Tuesday night, the Pioneer Ladies Civitan Salad and Style Show also served as a ladies’ night out to cheer on friends as they walked the runway modeling flattering fashion.

“We got to let everybody see how great we feel in these clothes, especially this dress,” giggled model Diane Fox. “I can’t stop talking about it.”

Models for the Pioneer Ladies Civitan night walked the runway through the Knights of Columbus Hall in Harmar dressed in both casual and evening wear from Cato’s and from Christopher & Banks.

“It’s a lot of fun. I’d maybe wear this to a Christmas party or to the theater,” said Fashion Coordinator Donna Butler after walking around in a sheath dress fit for an evening out. “I don’t dress up often though, I might wear the camo pants more.”

President of the civic organization Connie Grimes danced around the room offering door prizes to the many generations of women in attendance and the political hopefuls engaging in face-time with women of the county.

Past-President of the Pioneer Ladies Civitan Club Diane Fox models a Cato’s Fashion outfit during the Pioneer Ladies Civitan Salad and Style Show Tuesday. (Photo by Janelle Patterson)

“We’re very pleased it seems fuller than last year,” she said. “We even had more door prize donors this year like Schaefer Leather and Little Caesar’s Pizza.”

Municipal Court Judge Janet Dyar Welch emceed the event, catching laughter, applause and smiles from the whole room as even loungewear took center stage.

“She’s ready for a night out, Christmas shopping with her family,” said Welch about one model as the night continued on.

Then bidding wars began over purses filled with mystery merchandise inside.

Some were filled with wine glasses, others with emergency car equipment, others with umbrellas or gift cards.

Ladies eye purses up for bidding wars during the Pioneer Ladies Civitan Salad and Style Show Tuesday. (Photo by Janelle Patterson)

“This is only my second time coming,” said Linda Boyce, of Marietta, as she perused the options for bidding purses and door prizes, keeping an eye on a Christmas-themed basket donated by Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks. “This is not only for a good cause, but it’s so fun for me to get with the girls.”

Funds raised during the evening will go to mental health research and local support for WASCO Inc. and Ewing School.

Ladies reconnect while viewing door prizes during the Pioneer Ladies Civitan Salad and Style Show Tuesday. (Photo by Janelle Patterson)

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