Members of the GFWC - Women’s League of Van Buren are looking for local vendors to participate in a fashion show set for Oct. 29, with proceeds going toward a clock tower for Veterans Park.
Vendors are now being signed up for the show, which will be at the King Opera House from 10 a.m. to noon, said Tonia Fry with the GFWC - Women’s League of Van Buren. Event organizers are looking to sign at least 10 vendors, Fry said.
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 must provide models for two of their looks, but a third model will be provided by the GFWC and will be a local “celebrity,” Fry said.
Vendors who already have signed up to participate are Country Junkie Boutique, Seasons, Suite One, South 28th Boutique, A to Z Fashions, and Firefly Boutique and Gifts, Fry said.
Vickie Davis, GFWC - Women’s League of Van Buren president, said the show will just be one of several fundraisers for the clock tower, which is expected to cost $23,000 to $25,000.
“Years ago, GFWC used to have a fashion show and everyone loved it, so we thought it’d be great to bring it back,” Davis said.
Organizers are hoping to raise up to $3,000 from the show, and all proceeds will go toward purchase of the tower, Davis and Fry said.
It will likely take all of the two years allotted for GFWC service projects to raise the money for the clock, Fry said.
GFWC members chose to purchase the clock tower for Veterans Park to commemorate service members and their families, Davis said.
“It’s a symbol of time passing and memories remaining,” Davis said. “It’s for reflection, for people to think about the loved ones that have spent time serving or are still serving.”
Davis said the clock would be a “living memory.”
“When you see a clock, it somehow adds permanence to a place,” Davis said.
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, Davis said.
“We’ve supported a lot of things in town,” Davis said. “People don’t realize the big projects we’ve done.”
Tickets for the event go on sale Wednesday at Swaim Office Products and will be $10 each. Contact Fry for more information at (479) 474-3632.