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Fashion Show ends Ladies of the Elks’ season

March 29, 2017
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

The Ladies of the Elks ended their season last week when they presented their final fund-raiser. A group of the Ladies of the Elks members modeled the latest fall fashions from Chico's to a crowd of more than 130 women. The models were made up by local makeup artist, Jan Adams.

Proceeds from these fundraisers hosted by the LOTE go directly to island charities with an emphasis on island children.

"I'm thrilled we're having a really big event today," LOTE president Diane Nivens said. "We are celebrating Mardi Gras with jambalaya for lunch; a French market with art, jewelry, makeup, soaps, salts; and everything women would love. Inside we're doing a Chinese auction that so many local merchants contributed to making this the best Chinese auction ever. And the fashions were provided by Chico's."

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LOTE president Diane Nivens.


"We are really thrilled to be here today hosting a fashion show for the Ladies of the Elks for the second time," Bell Tower store manager and Pine Island resident Katie LaPiere said. "We're very excited to help them raise money for the people of Pine Island. All of the clothes and jewelry worn today are part of our Chico's exclusively designed for women lines. Today we have our spring line of fashions to show women how to revamp their current wardrobe. We'll be showing Chico's iconic prints that can't be found anywhere else."

Chico's is an American women's clothing and accessories retailer founded by Marvin and Helene Gralnick that began with one store on Sanibel Island in 1983. Helene named the shop Folk Art Specialties and then changed the name to Chico's Folk Art Specialties after a friend's pet parrot, Chico. Today Chico's operates four brands: its namesake Chico's, White House | Black Market, Soma and Boston Proper.

The ladies were treated to a New Orleans Cajun luncheon of a salad, bowl of jambalaya with a roll, drink and a "King cake" cupcake.

LOTE is a small group of about 80 women that donates its time and efforts to benefit the community by raising money through several seasonal events: fashion shows, card parties, musical events, etc. The cost of events ranges between $10 and $22 per person and all events except the Christmas Party are held at the Elks Lodge at 5630 Pine Island Road, NW, just west of Pine Island Center.

Past beneficiaries of these events include: Pine Island Elementary School, through the school basket brigade, incentive program and emergency shoe fun (The emergency shoe fund is for children that are very needy. If a teacher sees that a child needs a new pair of shoes, the child is sent to the nurse, who supplies them with the correct size); Fellow Islanders Sending Help (F.I.S.H.); Pine Island Food Pantry, Lee County Recreation Department ;and the Pine Island Elks Lodge for children's therapy.

The Ladies of the Elks meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Elks Lodge.



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