Woman’s Club Of Glen Cove Raises Big Money


The Woman’s Club of Glen Cove devotes itself to raising funds for charity and every year over the past eight decades, it seems to out-do itself. The club’s biggest fundraiser is the annual fashion show luncheon, which raised $15,000 for local charities, topping last year’s amount by $5,000. The club is celebrating 80 years of service.

Dan Vogrin, director of Melillo Center; Patricia Parmelee of the Melillo Center; Carolyn Willson, Melillo Center board chair; Arlene O’Dell, director Glen Cove Youth Bureau; JoAnne Senecal, Glen Cove Senior Center; Marilyn Abrams, Glen Cove C.A.R.E.S. Seated are: Donna Stanza, fashion show basket designer; Teri Swenson, Fashion Show Chair; and Mercedes Morales, WCGC president. (Photos by Dagmar Fors Karppi)

Fashion Show Chair Teri Swenson said after they raised the money, the women presented checks of $3,500 to each of four Glen Cove charities: Glen Cove CARES, The Melillo Center, The Glen Cove Senior Center’s SAGE Foundation and the Glen Cove Youth Board. The club also gave $1,000 to the Guide Dog Foundation and $1,000 to United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Suffolk (they gave to their Nassau County group last year).

“The last thousand we carry over for next year’s event,” said Swenson.

She is already planning for next year’s event. “Next year we will use the Crescent Beach Club again. In the fall the committee will vote upon the charities for that event.”

The Fashion Show Luncheon took place at the Crescent Beach Club in Bayville; for the fifth year, Debra Van Horn Productions presented designer fashions in entertainment mode: professional models, dancers and musicians. The event also includes are chance books and 50/50 raffles. This year’s theme was “The 20th Century in Style, Song and Story.”
Swenson has been doing the fashion shows for eight years.

The lovely fashion show models take a break from the runway

“I enjoy doing it and we will see for how long I continue,” said Swenson. “Last year I wondered, but I already have a new theme I am excited about, using grandmothers and grandkids. I suggested it five years ago but there was no enthusiasm. Now there are more members who are grandmothers and one already said, ‘Oh, I would love to do that and so would my granddaughter.’ Save the date, April 18.”

For more information on the Woman’s Club of Glen Cove, visit womansclubofglencove.org.

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