Bag Lady Luncheon sees sellout crowd benefiting PC Committee on Aging

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It was another huge crowd that filled the Parker County Sheriffs Posse Event Center for the annual Bag Lady Luncheon benefiting the Parker County Committee on Aging (PCCOA).

The fundraiser, in its third year, saw hundreds of women from across the county come out not only to support organizers, but to also lay their hands on a piece of designer merchandise.

Glenda Webb, Executive Director for the PCCOA, was excited with the turnout.

“Proceeds go to support several programs: Meals-on-Wheels, transportation, food pantry and preventive health,” Webb said.

Bob Glenn and Shelly Mowery acted as the master of ceremonies for the event but it was former Miss America, Shirley Cothran Barret, PhD, who stole the show regaling those in attendance with her pageant experiences.

She said one of the most asked questions she still receives is, “What is it like to win Miss America?”

“I tell them, well, it’s just pretty awesome if you want to know the truth,” she said with laughter in her voice. “For two weeks, it’s very glamorous and then after that it becomes a job description.”

Later, she had the crowd laughing loudly when she revealed why she thought contestants, who win pageants, always cry upon receiving their award.

“I’ll tell you why, it’s because they’re hungry,” Barret said. “They need a cheeseburger, fries, maybe some onion rings.”

Moments later, in a more candid and serious discussion, she said the reason why the crowd was present was to pay tribute to an organization that serves the community which “we will all be one day.”

Following the luncheon, Kristen Lilley, POCCA Marketing Coordinator for the sold-out event, said they are “blessed” to have such strong community support.

“Jerry’s GM is always so generous as a title sponsor of this event,” Lilley said. “Miss America 1974, Shirley Barret, was sponsored by Plains Capital Bank.”

She said the Weatherford Star-Telegram supported the event by promoting it in the weeks prior. “Couture Clutch” sponsors were Amy Mercer and Weatherford College and the “Trendy Tote” sponsors were Aledo Family Eye Care, Aledo National Bank, Autumn Hill Manor.

“Beyond Faith Home Health, First Financial Bank bought two tables; First National Bank, Hilltop Park, Holland Lake Nursing Center, Jamie Bodiford, Mader- Bagley State Farm Insurance, Parker County Hospital District, Renew Home Health, Health South, Texas Bank Financial, The Title Building of Parker County and Pat Martin and Weatherford Regional Medical Center,” she added.

She said ladies from all over Parker County donated their new and used designer handbags to the silent auction. Proceeds from the luncheon will go to support programs of Parker County Committee On Aging.

“As late as Monday, we were concerned that we did not have enough purses for the Silent Auction,” Lilley said. “The staff got together and prayed over the event and the donations came in just in time.”

Lance Winter, 817-594-9902, Ext. 102 Twitter: @Lancewinter

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