‘Lunch with the Girlz’ a big hit ... once you got there

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In NYC, many women pack heels in their purse while they walk to their destination in tennis shoes.

Hmm. Maybe some attendees of the recent Colleyville Woman’s Club Fashion Show and Luncheon Benefit themed “Lunch with the Girlz” should have considered that idea!

On April 12, one of the community’s most anticipated events, the CWC annual fashion show and luncheon, was held. And if you were not one of the early birds to arrive to take advantage of the valet parking, then you were able to burn off your lunch calories before you even ate. On one hand, those volunteers who were in charge of table sales did an exceptional job and sold out the room. Go team!

To me it looked as if this event had the largest attendance it has seen since it moved to the Hurst Conference Center in 2011. However, whoever was in charge of parking clearly forgot to check how many spots were available. The only option outside of valet was either parking in one of the surrounding business parking lots, risking having your car towed or parking at the Tarrant County College parking lot and hoofing it about a quarter of a mile to the event.

For the women who parked in the TCC parking lot, it seemed as if their 6-inch stilettos became 3-inch pumps by the time they hiked it over to the event. Might I suggest in the future some type of people moving van or golf cart be used to shuttle guests to the event. Or why not ask the neighboring business if they would allow the use of their parking lot for overflow parking. Huffing and puffing upon arriving to any event is not attractive.

The event itself was a mixture of pros and cons. On one hand, the food was sublime. The menu read “sirloin steak broiled to perfection” and that is exactly what it was: Perfection! Then the dessert was a slice of chocolate heaven! I am sure there were many diets tossed out the window that afternoon.

Then there was this odd new addition: the CWC Fashion Show Star Council Honorees.

According to the program, these members were recognized for donating, obtaining or soliciting a minimum of $10,000 in donations, table sales and sponsorships. What was odd was that the inductees were more than 35 percent of the entire committee, including the organization president, vice-president of fundraising and the event chair. Isn’t that in the job description? In my book, everyone who served on the committee was a star. It takes everyone to pull off this event!

The show was a Jan Strimple production. And after many years of covering these types of events, in my opinion, she is the best. Not only were the fashions beautiful, a significant number of them could be worn by women of any size.

If there was an Oscar for Best Fashion on a Runway, retailers Tootsies and Betty Reiter would win in a tie! Once again, the youth models, made up of children and grandchildren of club members, stole the show. Sporting fashions from retailer KidBiz, these young models should be the Webster’s Dictionary definition of precious! The only sad part is that I noticed that many of the child models I have seen over the past decade were now teens! Yikes! That hurt!

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