Show weaves women's fashion with education

Fashion helped benefit women's education on Saturday, Oct. 24 with the Philanthropic Educational Organization's fashion show and silent auction, sponsored by Chapter O of the organization PEO. With fashions provided by Fancy That!, as well as a multitude of items up for auction, all proceeds went to the PEO chapters.

The event was part of an opportunity to bring all the area's PEO chapters together, said organizer Ann Sult. She said the goal was to raise about $4,000 and the event was sold out.

"Almost all the chapters have a fundraiser every year," Sult said. "This year, we decided let's just do a fashion show."

PEO promotes and celebrates the advancement of women's education with six educational philanthropies, including the Educational Loan Fund, International Peace Scholarship, Program for Continuing Education, PEO Scholar Awards, STAR Scholarship and Cottey College.

Items up for auction included a spa delight basket, gardening fun basket, wine basket, and bridge party basket. Chapter CO was also selling its most requested recipes and Chapter DX was promoting a honey baked hams fundraiser.

One of the models for the event, Di Norkas, said she is involved in the organization because of the scholarship fund and said she would do anything to promote it.

"Any time we can get a group of women together and combine a good cause, win-win for both sides," Norkas said. She also spoke of her love of fashion. "I think it's a way to express yourself and stand apart from other people."

Another model was Amanda Murray, daughter of Fancy That! owner Sara Murray. Amanda said the event was a great combination of empowering women and learning to dress for success. Loving to put different outfits together with all the combinations there are, Amanda said she loves modeling fashion and getting to have center stage. It gets people to look up to her and see how she's dressed, Amanda said.

The show was a fabulous, festive success, said Sara. She spoke highly of the motivation behind the event, noting that "it's just great giving back to the community that you see that is going back to women."

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