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Altrusa hosts fashion show fundraiser to benefit area nonprofits

GENEVA – Fashion helped support a good cause Saturday as men and women gathered in Geneva for Altrusa International of Fox Valley's annual Seasons of Fashion fundraiser.

Event organizers said they hoped to raise more than $6,000 at Saturday's event held at Eagle Brook Country Club. The funds help support numerous Fox Valley organizations, including Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley, Mutual Ground in Aurora and Lifespring in Aurora, said fashion show chair Jan Roman.

"We're a service organization whose primary mission is to serve and support groups that involve literacy," she said, adding that the group's secondary mission is to support organizations that help women and children.

"We give so much back tot he community for our kind of smallish size," said Jill Falls, president of Altrusa International of Fox Valley. The organization has about 30 active members.

Altrusa International of Fox Valley also raises money to fund two $1,000 Waubonsee Community College scholarships for women who are starting over with a new career.

Saturday's fashion show featured 18 casual, work and dressy outfits from Dress Barn. A silent auction and a raffle of about 30 gift baskets accompanied the show.

Jennifer Brundige of Schaumburg said she attended Saturday's show for the second year in a row because she supports the group's mission.

"Aside from being fun, they're a really good cause," she said. "I used to work with the Elgin Community Crisis Center, so I love that [Altrusa] supports Mutual Ground and the scholarships and everything."

The group's publicity chair, Lynn Radford, said she joined Altrusa after she retired because she was looking for a way to give back that didn't require a lot of time, as she travels often. She said she likes that Altrusa benefits local organizations and makes a difference in her community.

She said it was through Altrusa that she learned about Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley, where she is now a tutor. She said volunteers can also give back in smaller ways, such as spending an hour playing bingo at a nursing home.

"It made such a difference in my life," she said. "And I know even with my limited time that I make a big difference."

Altrusa International of Fox Valley is seeking new members and is hosting a meet-and-greet event at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Houlihan's, 1322 Commons Drive, Geneva.

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