Smiles and laughter were abundant in the MountainView Ballroom on February 22 as 300 guests arrived for the annual P.E.O. Fashion Show and Luncheon despite the rare snowfall in the Tucson area. The attendees enjoyed a delicious luncheon and vivid spring fashions presented by Fresh Produce and Brighton Collectibles. Because of the generous support of the guests and Bon Voyage Travel, significant dollars were raised to help fund P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) projects benefitting women’s education.
Following the luncheon’s main course, Barbara Barr, the mistress of ceremonies, introduced women who have benefitted from P.E.O. projects awards. The women described the significance of the awards for their education. Following this meaningful sharing, the guests were entertained by the Sonoran Singers directed by Janie Grinstead and accompanied by Carolyn Cochran. The Singers warmed the guests’ hearts with familiar songs.
The bright spring collection of fashions was presented by Fresh Produce (Casa Adobes Plaza) with coordinated purses and jewelry presented by Brighton Collectibles (LaEncantada). The fashions and accessories were modeled by Chapter EP members of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. Walking the runway were Susie Anderson, Dianne Ashby, Tammy Beeler, Linda Campbell, Lorraine Erickson, Bev Frazee, Judy McLaughlin, Pat Meise, Carol Nickel and Bonnie Thomas. The models were assisted by Carolyn Reygers.
The event concluded with drawings for gift certificates from Bon Voyage Travel, Fresh Produce and Brighton Collectibles and a drawing for a 50/50 raffle. In closing, Emcee Barbara Barr led guests in a standing ovation of appreciation for the SaddleBrooke TWO wait, kitchen and managerial staffs’ dedication in surmounting travel difficulties caused by the snowstorm thus enabling the guests to enjoy a very special luncheon and fashion show.
P.E.O. chapters support the educational and charitable funds of the P.E.O. Sisterhood but are not classified as charitable by the IRS. Therefore, donations to individual chapters do not meet the IRS requirements for a charitable income tax donation. P.E.O. shall not be liable in any way for any goods and services supplied by third-party vendors or public establishments.