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Society of Women Leaders to host Fashion Emergency-Fashion & Art Luncheon

OCEAN CITY – The Society of Women Leaders, an adjunct of the Lower Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross, will host their annual Fashion Emergency-Fashion & Art Luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Clarion Fontainebleau in Ocean City. 

The doors will open at 10:30 a.m. so that attendees can leisurely stroll through the Art Exhibit of over 50 8 by 10 inch pieces depicting artists’ interpretation of this year’s theme “Ooh La La” Springtime in Paris. 

Guests will also have time to sip on the shows featured martini, “The French Kiss,” while perusing the fabulous Chinese Auction and vendor tables.

Co-founders of the Lower Shore Society of Women Leaders, Alison Sappington, Sheila Zimmer, Madalaine How and Patti Miller enlisted the help of Stephanie DeRito, Cynthia Walston and Tammy Cebula in 2009 to help create the concept of the Fashion Emergency -Galaxy 66 Luncheon. 

The desire was to launch a highly entertaining afternoon “social” that offered a relaxed opportunity to network and spread awareness to local women about the importance of being Red Cross Ready. The group realized that by encouraging women to be prepared for situations when “every second counts”; knowing CPR or basic first aid, that local women can avoid becoming victims and actually respond and help save lives when an emergency or disaster strikes.  

The Society grew from 100 attendees in 2009, to over 300 attendees for last years 2010 FE.  This year seats will be limited to 350 so women are encouraged to purchase tickets early.    

Admission to the Feb. 23 event is $40. Tables of ten are available for reservation. The Chinese Auction committee is soliciting support from local business who would like to donate items or services for the auction baskets. 

Donors will be listed in the program – $100, $500 and $1,000 event sponsorships are available and donors will enjoy multiple promo opportunities at the event as well as a full year of print and online promotion for your business. Cash, check and credit cards are accepted.  

Fabulous food, fashions, music, art, pink champagne and surprises have become trademarks of the Fashion Emergency – everything that women love.  Proceeds will benefit the Lower Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross, which stretches from Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties down the Eastern Shore, to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.  

The local Red Cross Chapter serves this entire area 24/7, while also training over 2,400 individuals in safety and emergency courses, responding to floods and hurricanes, 100s of victims of home fires, harsh winter storms and feeding/assisting emergency responders during search and rescue operations. 

As one new member of the Society of Women Leaders put it, “I had no idea that our local Red Cross did all that—sign me up, I’m ready to take a CPR course and volunteer!”   

Call Patti at 443-880-7795 or Alison at 443-695-5044 for tickets, sponsorships or to donate an auction item.  For information about the Lower Shore Chapter visit To find out more about the Society of Women Leaders-Red Cross Goes Pink events visit www.redcrossgoespink or on facebook Society of Women Leaders-Red Cross Goes Pink or call Patti Miller at 443-880-7795.