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Delicates for Dignity fundraiser to raise awareness Oct. 8

Zonta Club of the MOV members Keri Dunn, left, and Suzyn Mills engage locals in an attempt to try their luck at bra pong and explain the goal of the event, which is to provide bras, underwear and feminine products to women and girls in need. (Photo by Maria Rutherford)

The Zonta Club of Mid-Ohio Valley, a non-profit and local branch of Zonta International, is working to raise money and awareness for its goal of empowering women and girls through advocacy and service projects.

Zonta helps fight human trafficking, violence against women, and early childhood marriage on a local, national, and international level.

The Marietta club will hold a fundraising luncheon, as part of “Delicates for Dignity,” at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Jeremiah’s Coffee House on Front Street. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness about the struggle homeless and low-income women and girls have obtaining bras, underwear, and feminine hygiene products. Funds and material donations will be distributed to area pantries and shelters.

Club president Sharon Coffman talked about the goal of the event, “The money raised is to help provide our area women and girls with such essentials that every woman or girl needs. These will be distributed to shelters, missions, the homeless project, and pantries. Our mission is to help women and girls all over the world and we hope to do our part locally as well,” she said.

“It’s a fun social luncheon for a great cause,” Coffman added.

Jeremiah’s Coffee Shop features the area submissions for the bra art contest. Winners will be announced Oct. 8 prior to the Zonta Club of the MOV luncheon. Deadline for entry has been extended to Oct. 6. (Photo by Maria Rutherford)

The cost per plate is $25 and also features the Third Annual “Delicates For Dignity” Bra Art Competition.

In order to participate in the competition, you must agree to the Rules and Guidelines established by the committee, of which are listed in the submission link found on their Facebook page. There is no set theme, however, designs must be created and named in good taste as solely determined by event organizers.

First, second and third place bra art will be chosen by dollar count vote on Oct. 8. The winning bras will be part of the Saturday luncheon. Non-winning entries may be retrieved by the artist(s) immediately after Saturday’s luncheon, or one week after the luncheon during regular business hours at Advantage Real Estate. The artist(s) need not be present at the luncheon to win.

Winning entries become the property of Zonta Club of MOV. There is a fee of $50 to submit a bra, which includes a ticket to Saturday’s luncheon. To showcase the talent and generosity of donors, the bra art selected for first, second, and third prize will receive recognition and/or promotion.

There will be cash winnings: first, $100; second. $50; and third, $25. The winners will also be be displayed on Zonta Club of Mid-Ohio Valley’s website and Facebook page. Entries must be delivered to Advantage Real Estate, 103 Putnam St., Marietta, on or before Oct. 6 by 4 p.m. Works must be finished and ready to display.

“The original deadline for bra art submissions was extended to Oct. 6 because many people want to do a piece, but needed more time from the original date of Sept. 16. That limits our voting time, but will increase our submissions,” co-president Desni Crock said. “Our goal is to get as many submissions as possible.”

In addition to the bra art and the food, the club has arranged a special guest for the Oct. 8 luncheon. Frances Strickland, the wife of former Governor, Ted Strickland and author of the book, ‘The Little Girl Who Grew Up to Be Governor,’ has agreed to attend the luncheon, and will also be a key speaker at the event.

For any additional information, visit the organization’s website and/or Facebook page.

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