Mistletoe Market Raises Over $5000
The Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club held their popular annual Mistletoe Market Holiday Bazaar in the new Grove Ballroom in Lakewood Ranch, managed by Pier 22. This was a terrific opportunity to find perfect gifts and get holiday shopping done early! With 41 vendor tables filled with artwork, crafts, jewelry, clothing, accessories, wallets, purses, and a host of unique products, Mistletoe Market was the best shopping extravaganza in Lakewood Ranch.
The event sold out in less than 3 weeks however Greg Campbell and Jillian Price at the Grove maximized the available space to accommodate 270 members and the entire waiting list. The solution to squeeze in more tables brought close friends even closer but added to the fun. Attendees enjoyed a wonderful shopping experience and a delicious buffet lunch, enhance by the camaraderie of so many friends.
In their opening remarks, LWRWC President Eileen Buzzard and Event Co-Chairs, Vice President, Kathleen Cleveland and Publicity Chair & past president, Monika Templeman, gave special thanks to the Registration Chairs Diane Laybourne and Linda Stone, and Vendor Chair, Helen Low, for their extraordinary efforts and dedication!
They also gave major kudos to all the other members of the outstanding Mistletoe Market Committee including Monique Govotostes (Vendor Assistant), Gail Deleeuw (Registration Assistant), Julia Dennis & Allyson Sokol (Event Photographers), Regina Joly, (Split-the-Pot Chair), Diane Wagner (Split-the-Pot Assistant), Joanie Lawrence & Cathy Scholtz (Decoration & Vendor Refreshment Co-Chairs), MaryLee Danahy (Flyers) and the Set-up and Take down Crew – Julia Dennis, Kathy Wingfield, Pam Szabo and Regina Napoli, for their exemplary support. They also thanked the Executive Directors of the charities, Laurel Lynch from HOPE, Brandi Ezell from SMART and Peggy Kerwin from SOLVE, for partnering with the Women’s Club and personally selling split-the-pot tickets, to help make Mistletoe Market a success.
The newest LWRWC philanthropic Committee, Blankets 4 Babies, chaired by Diane Laybourne, also participated in Mistletoe Market to share information and display the beautiful handmade quilt and afghan made by the Blankets 4 Committee that will be available in the Silent Auction at the LWRWC Music of the Night Holiday Dinner Theater Charity Fundraiser on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, from 6:00 – 10:00 PM at the LWR Golf and Country Club.
Best of all, Mistletoe Market raised over $5000 that will benefit the LWRWC’s three amazing 501(c)(3) local adopted charities, HOPE Family Services; SMART (Sarasota Manatee Association of Riding Therapy) and SOLVE Maternity Homes! The LWRWC Mistletoe Market Holiday Bazaar clearly put the fun in fundraising and a great time was had by all!
All The Buzz About Bees
For those who like honey and good news, the LWRWC Meeting on Nov. 8, 2018 was the place to bee (pun intended). Bob Simons, the featured speaker, captivated his audience with a mixture of pathos, humor and fascinating facts about bees.
As President of Lakewood Ranch Development LLC, Bob not only provides land development management for SMR, but also nurtures and provides a thriving habitat for local honeybees who without him, wouldn’t have a home in LWR.