Liberty Soroptimists offer new holiday style show, brunch

LIBERTY — Soroptimist International of Liberty is mixing it up this year. Instead of its holiday homes tour that usually occurs around this time of year and the spring fashion show, the planning team decided to have a Holiday Style Show & Brunch.

The event will be 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in the social hall at St. James Catholic Church, 309 S. Stewart Road.

Lydia Arnold of the event committee said the fashion show has been around for about 30 years in some iteration, moving all over the community including at William Jewell College and Belvoir Winery.

“Along with this fundraiser, we have had incredible success with the last three bunco tournaments,” said Laurel Bruening, chapter’s president.

Bruening and Arnold, a daughter-mother team, both attend St. James Catholic Church and the location is big enough for the coming event, they said.

“We are going to have exhibits from our area vendors,” Arnold said. “That takes some space. Plus, we need the room for brunch and a place comfortable with adult beverages such as mimosas and bloody Marys.”

Along with the fashion show and brunch, there will be raffles.

“We are going to have a fashion show with an elevated stage and a runway,” said Heather Massey, another event committee member. “It’s going to be easier for our guests to see the models. The comment is now that you can see the latest in Milan, New York and Liberty.”

To further cement the Soroptimists’ efforts to serve the community, the tablescapes will be mittens and scarves. Those items will then be donated to groups such as Hillcrest and Synergy, who support people in need.

“We also aim to see 100% of our net proceeds going back to our efforts such as those scholarships and efforts to help local women and families,” Bruening said. “We are looking at having 15 to 20 exhibitors, sharing their ideas for the holidays. We want to keep it local so guests can then go visit these places.”

Soroptimist club projects range from renovating domestic violence shelters and providing mammograms to low-income women to sponsoring self-esteem workshops for teenage girls.

In addition, Soroptimists have given out awards for women’s opportunities and scholarships, which help women get on a path toward a better life.

“All we gain, we send right back out,” Massey said.

Bruening said Dream It, Be It high school scholarships are given out annually to four students in Liberty high schools.

The coming event is meant as the holidays kick off, Arnold said.

“It’s women empowering other women in the community,” Massey said.

“It’s the time of the year to think about giving back, too,” Bruening said. “After all, who doesn’t like getting ideas and who doesn’t love Christmas?”

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