Mint Hill Women’s Club Fashion Show

The Fashion Show’s conclusion

MINT HILL, NC – On Tuesday, September 21, the Mint Hill Women’s Club held their annual kickoff meeting and Fall Fashion Show at Emerald Lake Golf Club.  

“September is our annual kickoff meeting, and we have always celebrated that event with a Fall fashion show, showcasing six of our members as models,”Andree West was the co-president.  “Chico’s Stonecrest location has for the past decade been our go-to sponsor for providing our models with the latest designs.  We are very excited that they continue to work with our club during these times.”

The Fashion Show featured Women’s Club Members Sharon Jennings, Mary Blinn, Sandy Dimeo, Sharon Korp, Tammy Brooks and Pam Fandel modeling two looks each from Chico’s fall line.  The women walked the runway. “runway”In luxurious fabrics, gorgeous layering, great jewelry, and in hot fall colors such as dusty cedar or olive green, sharkskin, gray, and airy,

Mint Hill Women's Club Models Sharon Jennings, Mary Blinn, Sandy Dimeo, Sharon Korp, Tammy Brooks, and Pam FandelMint Hill Women’s Club Models Sharon Jennings, Mary Blinn, Sandy Dimeo, Sharon Korp, Tammy Brooks, and Pam Fandel

Started in 1989 in Florida as a company offering Mexican folk art-inspired pieces and homemade cotton sweaters, Chico’s today boasts 700 stores nationwide.  Chico’s unique 0-3 size makes shopping easier for many women.  The fashions worn by Tuesday’s models represented the wide variety of apparel available at Chicos ranging from businesswear to athleisure.  Melinda Schindler and Terry Fadel from Chico’s Stonecrest were happy to provide each model with clothes to suit her shape and style.

Mint Hill Women's Club models with Melinda Schindler and Terry Fadel from Chico’s StonecrestMint Hill Women’s Club models with Melinda Schindler and Terry Fadel from Chico’s Stonecrest

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Normally open to the community, this year’s fashionDue to COVID, show was restricted to members only and invited guests.  “We take everyone’s safety seriously, and that is the reason we chose to contract with Emerald Lake Golf Club,”West.  “The View  ballroom holds up to 250+ people and has roll up doors/walls that virtually make it a covered outdoor space.  We hosted about 60 ladies in total, spread out restaurant-style, to accommodate everyone.”

Guests sat at tables spaced restaurant-style around the room to encourage social distancing.To encourage social distancing, guests sat at tables placed restaurant-style in the room.

While some changes had to be made this year due to COVID, the purpose of the event remained the same: to provide a gathering for all members in a social setting with a follow up business meeting to highlight service and fundraising  projects going forward.  “We have 100+ members with 30 of them joining us since the last Fashion Show in 2019,”West.  “The fashion show and planning meeting enabled our new and longer-term members to mingle in a casual setting.”

Mint Hill Women's ClubMint Hill Women’s Club

The event also featured raffles.  Lynn Gallagher was the winner of a $50 wine basket; ticket sales for the wine basket raffle benefitted the club’s CPCC Scholarship Fund.  New members who joined prior to September 6 were entered into a raffle for a chance to win a private wine tasting with 20 Total Wine & More.  Anastasia Farrell was awarded the package valued at $500.  Chico’s also raffled off two necklaces from their fall line to the members present.

Service is at the forefront of the Mint Hill Women’s Club’s mission, and Tuesday’s event also served as a fundraiser for The Sunflower Club Cafe & Outreach.  The Sunflower Club Cafe, which is relatively new to Mint Hill’s scene, is open to the public during normal business hours. Their outreach program offers support to individuals and families in need of food or other services.  In conjunction with the annual show, the Mint Hill Women’s Club collected hundreds of items for The Sunflower Club to help stock Joseph’s Pantry at The Refinery Church.

The Mint Hill Women's Club collected hundreds of food pantry donations for The Sunflower Club OutreachThe Mint Hill Women’s Club collected hundreds of food pantry donations for The Sunflower Club Outreach

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After a slow year and a half due to COVID, the Mint Hill Women’s Club has been busy recruiting members and planning events for the Fall and Winter.  The next event will be the Candidate Forum, which will bring together the eight candidates for commissioner to answer questions from the Mint Hill Community.  Due to COVID restrictions, the event will be open to a limited number of club members only, but it will be live-streamed on the Town’s YouTube Channel for the public.  

The Women’s Club will also be hosting a Membership Tea for members and guests at Pine Lake Country Club on October 6.  “We will be showcasing our members who have been with us for 35+ years as well as past presidents from the 47 years we have been serving the community,”West.  “This event was originally scheduled to celebrate 45 years, but was postponed due to COVID.”

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