Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 1 pm to 3 pm Altrusa International will have their 22nd annual fashion show. Attendees will enjoy an afternoon of tea catered by the Hawthorn Tea room in Tacoma. The fashion show will feature Christopher & Banks and JC Penney clothing. There will be a raffle with great prizes donated by local businesses and community members. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children under age 12. The event will be held at the United Methodist Church located at 1919 W Pioneer Puyallup, Washington 98371.
Corrine Keltner, Immediate Past President of Altrusa International of Puyallup Valley for two years, has been a member for Altrusa International for approximately 9 years. She explained what Altrusa International is, “We are an organization in which our main focus is for literacy in the community. We raise money to help people with literacy. We give scholarships every year to Puyallup Valley high school grads. We mostly give for trade school studies, such as welding or nursing; those types of scholarships. We base the scholarships on financial need, and not always by GPA. We try to focus on them and I think they need it. We also support the women’s shelter in Puyallup. We have a shower for them twice a year. We obtain a list of items that the women in the shelter may need, for example, maybe paper towels, diapers, laundry soap, and personal items such as: deodorant, toothpaste, sometimes clothes. We also give children’s books to the Food Bank in Puyallup Valley so that each child that comes with their parents will receive a book. We give away about 900 books a year to 6 food banks in Puyallup Valley. We give them to DSHS’ Puyallup office. The kids just love them!”
Corrine provides details of the annual spring fashion show, “Christopher & Banks is providing the women’s adult fashion and JC Penney’s is providing men’s and children’s fashion. We have about 20 models, including children and adults that are non professional models. They each show three sets of fashion (three different outfits). Clothing that will be presented include: spring ware casual clothes, maybe work attire but more casual and formal outfits. We show jeans, suits for work, Christopher & Banks is quite good at giving us really good fashion.
We also have a lunch. Our first year doing the tea luncheon, since we are tired of doing a buffet. Hawthorn Tea Room in Tacoma is providing tea and food. We also have raffles for $1 each and we have 20 to 25 gifts and door prizes. We will be raffling off many items: a lot of gift certificates for restaurants and beauty salons, gift baskets (wine, garden, and jelly) things that women enjoy getting (Corrine laughs). We will also give out door prizes: the Puyallup Fair gives us a very large basket. We do not know what we’re getting in this year’s basket, but normally it’s grand stand tickets (rodeo or some entertainer to town), tickets to the fair, mugs from the Puyallup Fair, and maybe t-shirts.”
Corrine discussed what she thinks of the fashion show, “It’s an event that everybody enjoys. You can be 6 years or 86 years old. Of course our men who model are most popular. The ladies love to be all dressed up, that’s why I like to do the fashion show. The women are funny when it comes to the guys. Many of them like to feel the material of their pants.” Corrine shared the best thing about the fashion show, “The clothes. Christopher & Banks and JC Penney’s do a great job with clothes and give us discount coupons after the show. Attendees can go to Christopher & Banks and buy at a discount, so that’s nice. All of us always buy clothes. The clothing is for women age 20 to 80.”
Corrine revealed what many people may not know about Altrusa International, “Altrusa International is growing rapidly; people are beginning to realize that we need volunteers, just like every service group needs volunteers. We have a lot of them. People are seeing a lot of people in need and people will learn that it doesn’t cost a lot of money, but just your time to help people in need. People aren’t quite sure what Altrusa does. Even with the organizations that we try to help, a majority of our funds stay in the Puyallup Valley. There’s Altrusa clubs in the following local cities: Puyallup, Spanaway, Olympia, Gig Harbor, Tacoma, Chehalis, Longview, and one in Seattle… there’s quite a few clubs.”
Corrine had to share how the spring fashion show is unique compared to other fashion shows, “All our models are local people. We try hard to get women of all ages and sizes. The oldest model is age 86 and the youngest model is age 3. You normally don’t see that wide of a spread of ages and sizes in most fashion shows. It’s really very interesting to watch those age groups walk out on the stage; most of them have never done that before.”
When asked who she recommended attend the event, Corrine replied, “We encourage all women, we just wanna have a nice lunch, fashion show, and just enjoy whoever you came with. We put up as many posters to advertise the event as we could. All Altrusans (Altrusa International members) sell tickets.” Those that are interested in attending the event can contact Corrine by phone at: 253 848-4192 or Sarah at: 253 848-3047. Marge Salmon is the chairman of the event and can be reached at: 253 848-3267. Tickets will be sold at the door of the event; however cash will only be accepted.
Corrine even recommends family and friends to attend the event, “If you have a grandchild on stage and see them turn around like professional models do, it’s very, very rewarding.” For those who want to obtain more information about Altrusa International, please visit: http://districttwelve.altrusa.org/District-Clubs/District-Twelve-Washington/Puyallup-Valley-Washington/Puyallup-Valley-Washington-Information.aspx For membership inquiries, please call Sarah Beals at: 253 848-3047. “We just invite everyone to come and enjoy the spring fashion show, it’s just a lovely day,” Corrine concluded.
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com