Red, white and blue all around at fashion show

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Lynn Cates, Maribeth Neall, Marion McCaughey, Cathy Finnegan, Andrea Paul and Sally Stair are ready to welcome guests to the United Methodist Women luncheon and fashion show. Lynn Cates, Maribeth Neall, Marion McCaughey, Cathy Finnegan, Andrea Paul and Sally Stair are ready to welcome guests to the United Methodist Women luncheon and fashion show. St. Peter’s United Methodist Women saluted America with a Stars and Stripes Fashion Extravaganza and Luncheon at the Greate Bay Country Club recently with proceeds benefiting UMW missions near and far.

Irene Reeves, Andrea Paul and this columnist waved to Cork Ostien as he unloaded gifts and prizes from his van and carried them into the country club. Robie McKinnon, Pat Custard, Della Ostien, Helen Miller and Mary Hughes were already setting out gift baskets for the Silent Auction in the dining room while Lois Werner, Joan Walker and Marie Hayes placed table decorations featuring red, white and blue firecrackers with stars painted on them and red, white and blue stars and stripes mylar balloons tied to them. A large American flag was draped around the podium. Irene and I helped the women fill aluminum flag buckets with candy at each guest’s place setting along with a patriotic program. UMW committee members sported red, white and blue outfits, but it was Marion McCaughey who stole the show in her red and white stripe silk pants, blue sweater with white stars, stars and stripes silk scarf, star sunglasses and spiral stars on her headband. Marilyn Curley printed guest name cards and helped ticket chairwoman Andrea Paul set them out alphabetically on the table in the lobby. Ralph Bingham dropped off a pink impatient hanging basket for the Chinese auction when he drove wife, Gretchen, to the County Club. Sally and Bob Stair delivered fashions from Donna/Gay Dillon Boutique and set them up in the ladies locker room. Next to arrive was Lynne Cates and Maribeth Neall with fashions from Sun Seekers. Lynne didn’t stay long as she had to get daughters, Dana and Tara, ready for the Prom Saturday night.

As guests began to arrive, Sue Brastow and Irene Reeves were ready to sell 50/50 raffle tickets and Helen Miller had brisk business for the Chinese Auction. UMW Presidents, Ginny Strang and Della Ostien, were at the top of the stairs to welcome guests and show them to their tables. Elaine Winder sported a white sweater with a large American flag on the front.  Cape May County Clerk Rita Fulginiti is a woman of many talents; earlier in the day when she brought husband, Tony, home from a doctor’s appointment the chair lift didn’t work. Rita made a few adjustments with a screwdriver and wrench and it was up and running. My neighbors, Alice Crockford, Kathy Craven, Pat Matis, Peg Lippincott and Bonnie Cotellese, joined Marge Logan, Helen Hay, Sharon Garrison and Pat Ogle for the luncheon.  Alice, Kathy, Pat and I wondered what our husbands were doing at home while we were at the luncheon and hoped they were accomplishing some of our “honey do” projects. Bonnie joked they were ROMEO’S – “Retired Old Men Eating Out.” Danielle Morelli Blevins showed pictures of her new home in Celebration, Fla. where she and her husband and children are moving at the end of the school year in June. This is a bittersweet time for grandmom, Karen Morelli, who will miss her grandchildren, but she and husband, Lou, also have a home in Florida where they spend the winter and will have lots of time to visit then.  Joan Shaiko, Sue Phillips and Shelley Towers were returning to the Greate Bay Country Club the next evening for the married couples dinner.

 I enjoyed catching up with Mildred Mott and her daughters, Jessica Milhous, who was visiting from Texas, and Jennifer Palermo. We joked about Mildred’s youngest, Jeff, and my firstborn, Jimmy, turning the Big 50 this year. Annette Dungan chose a pastel suit for the luncheon and didn’t give this columnist any trouble when I took her picture. June Appleton recently attended her nephew’s destination wedding in Jamaica and had a great time. Debbie Moreland reports son, Billy, is getting married in September. I spotted Marie Shafron, Leslie Clark, Chris Sauer, Beth Lennox, Kathy Heller and Sue Park dropping their tickets in the Chinese Auction containers. When lunch was served I joined the ladies at my table, Connie Smedley, Kathy Rebl, Joanne Marzulli, Nancy Plauschinat, Sally Stair, Carol Reider and Joanne Richards. Connie is delighted that she and Don are finally back in their newly renovated home following Hurricane Sandy while Carol and husband, Ron, tore their summer cottage down and built a new duplex. After lunch I circulated about the dining room and chatted with Kay Manco, Rita Stauffer, Verna Garish, Dee Wagonseller and Madelyn Simpson who wore a flower print blazer accented with matching flowers in her hair. Jeanne Robinson told me about a Shore Medical Center Cancer luncheon that she is working on, to be held at the Yacht Club in September.

Sally Stair, Irene Reeves and Linda Gronert were on hand to assist models in the dressing room with their quick changes. Maribeth Neall gave the models instructions before heading upstairs to serve as commentator for the fashion show. Julie Bickings’ 3-month-old daughter attended her first fashion show with mom and grandmom.  Sandy Engstrom took lots of pictures during the luncheon and fashion show to put on St. Peter’s website. Youth director at St. Peter’s Sarah Lee had her camera poised and ready as each model strolled around the dance floor. Nancy Caine got cheers from daughter, Jessie, along with friends, Janie Halliday and Linda Leonard, when she strolled by their table. Sandy Simpson and Schuy Wood took pictures of this columnist in each outfit I modeled especially my favorite, a full length black chiffon Red Carpet ball gown by Cartise. Katie Grim loved the white capris she modeled and didn’t want to take them off. Dorothy Gerken and Marilyn Curley showed off bathing suits and cover-ups. Former Little Miss Ocean City and mother of three, Jill Mullen-Adamson, was a first time model in the fashion show. Melinda Mayne and Ginny Strang rounded out the models.

Marion McCaughey and her runners, Marie Hayes and Andrea Mastro, awarded prizes between segments in the show and still had more to go when the show was over. Shirley Deming won lots of prizes and Maryann Jones was high bidder on a foursome at Avalon Country Club. Della Ostien was pleased she got K. Potts painting she wanted while Marion McCaughey was high bidder on a painting by Bill Sines and Robie McKinnon got Shirley Hawthorne’s painting. Gayle Robbins, who was the only lady to wear a hat to the fashion show, had the first 50/50 ticket drawn. Peggy Doyle had the next 50/50 ticket and the grand prize 50/50 ticket was held by Marilyn Curley who didn’t know she won until she returned to the dining room after the fashion show.  Barbara Veasey, Kathy Thompson, Judy Schwartz, Mary Mohr and Mary Trueman stopped to tell me how much they enjoyed the luncheon and fashion show and are looking forward to attending next year.   

Robie McKinnon, Pat Custard, Della Ostien, Helen Miller, Irene Reeves and Ginny Strang display items for the Silent Auction at the United Methodist Women luncheon.  Robie McKinnon, Pat Custard, Della Ostien, Helen Miller, Irene Reeves and Ginny Strang display items for the Silent Auction at the United Methodist Women luncheon.

Lois Werner, Gretchen Bingham, Marie Hayes, Mary Hughes and Joan Walker show off patriotic decorations for the United Methodist Women luncheon and fashion show. Lois Werner, Gretchen Bingham, Marie Hayes, Mary Hughes and Joan Walker show off patriotic decorations for the United Methodist Women luncheon and fashion show.

Danielle Morelli Blevins, Joan Shaiko, Kathleen Dusz, Karen Morelli, Barbara Ferment and Alice McCaffrey pose at the United Methodist Women luncheon. Danielle Morelli Blevins, Joan Shaiko, Kathleen Dusz, Karen Morelli, Barbara Ferment and Alice McCaffrey pose at the United Methodist Women luncheon.

Helen Foor, Jessica Milhous, Mildred Mott, Jennifer Palermo and Annette Dungan enjoy the luncheon and fashion show.  Helen Foor, Jessica Milhous, Mildred Mott, Jennifer Palermo and Annette Dungan enjoy the luncheon and fashion show.

 Gail McMurray, Marie Shafron, Sue Phillips, Shelley Towers, Julia Tassone and Sue Brastow line up for a picture at the luncheon.  Gail McMurray, Marie Shafron, Sue Phillips, Shelley Towers, Julia Tassone and Sue Brastow line up for a picture at the luncheon.

 Joanne Marzulli, Kathy Rebl and Nancy Plauschinat (seated) enjoy luncheon with Judi Roseland, Connie Smedley, Carol Reider, Joanne Richards and Linda Gronert. Joanne Marzulli, Kathy Rebl and Nancy Plauschinat (seated) enjoy luncheon with Judi Roseland, Connie Smedley, Carol Reider, Joanne Richards and Linda Gronert.

 Julie Bickings, Katie Grim, Jill Mullen-Adamson, Nancy Caine, Melinda Mayne, Marilyn Curley and Dorothy Gerken are ready to model in the fashion show. Julie Bickings, Katie Grim, Jill Mullen-Adamson, Nancy Caine, Melinda Mayne, Marilyn Curley and Dorothy Gerken are ready to model in the fashion show.


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