The GFWC Women’s League of Van Buren’s second annual fashion show is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7.
This year’s event will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the Fine Arts Center at Van Buren High School, according to Tonia Fry of the Women’s League.
Vendors are being sought to participate in a fashion show with proceeds going toward the new downtown Van Buren location of the Center for Art and Education.
Vendors will pay $75 to show three looks during the first hour of the event, and can pay an additional $50 to participate in the fashion sale during the second hour.
Refreshments provided by Chapters on Main and Sweet Boutique will be served after the fashion show.
Vendors who already have signed up to participate are Firefly Boutique and Gifts, Country Junkie Boutique, Seasons, South 28th Boutique, Simply Couture, Camille and Co., LaBoutique, Clara and Poppy and Geezelig.
CAE has celebrated raising the first $1 million of its $5.4 million Imagine Capital Campaign to move to a new location in the 400 block of Main Street,
To help in this effort, the art center will receive $2 million from a Windgate Challenge Grant once a matching $2 million is raised through donations received by 2018.
Acquired by CAE in 2015, the Main Street building will serve as the center’s new art education and gallery facility.
Plans include the acquisition and development of a half-block area of open-space property behind the building as a landscaped park, sculpture garden and outside events area for the CAE and community.
More than 3,000 individuals annually are served by the non-profit organization. The center is now housed in a 103-year-old repurposed church building on North 13th Street.
The new building will be more accessible, allow the CAE to expand its programs, and be more efficient to operate and maintain, according to Jane Owen, executive director.
Proceeds from last year’s fashion show kicked off the GFWC fund-raising effort for a street clock for Freedom Park in downtown Van Buren. The clock was installed in April.
GFWC members have completed several other service projects in the city, including providing the granite welcome signs, revitalizing Hebe Fountain at the Crawford County Courthouse and holding the first fundraiser to restore the King Opera House.
Contact Fry at (479) 474-3632 for more information about the fashion show.