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Batavia Woman’s Club fashion show to benefit Elderday Center

The Batavia Woman's Club will present its next benefit fashion show at the Q Center on Nov. 5.
The Batavia Woman's Club will present its next benefit fashion show at the Q Center on Nov. 5.

BATAVIA – Fashion, food, fun and philanthropy will take a stylish turn when the Batavia Woman’s Club presents an apparel show and luncheon to benefit the Elderday Center.

The fundraiser is set from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Q Center in St. Charles and will feature clothing from three Geneva boutiques.

The boutiques Evernia, Flair on 3rd and C.Rinella Designs will keep multiple generations of models tres chic on the runway, punctuated by performers from Fred Astaire Dance Studio of St. Charles.

Organizers have collected tempting items for the silent auction and inventively staged raffles.

“There are some lovely donations; we’ve been very fortunate [to] benefit from the generosity of the community,” said club member Nan Phillips of Batavia, co-chair of the raffles and silent auction.

She said items vary from sports paraphernalia donated by major league teams to restaurant certificates, and a package that includes an overnight stay at The Herrington Inn & Spa in Geneva, with a meal at the inn and a golf outing at Tanna Farms. She said pampering services for women have been provided by spas, and hair and nail salons.

She noted the club’s Cynthia Kieckhefer arranged for a premium box for four at a Crosstown Classic matchup next year between the Chicago Cubs and White Sox, replete with refreshments. Another premium package is offered for Hawthorne Race Course next spring.

For one raffle, guests can buy $1 tickets for a chance to win one of four purses each containing a wine bottle, and one that conceals a $100 bill.

The odds will be one in 52 to win four, one-day hopper passes from Walt Disney World, by drawing a playing card from a deck for $20. Phillips said the pass is good for hopping between any of the parks, and the prize is valued at $640.

And for a $20 donation, one can choose from among 100 jewelry gift boxes at the show.

“At a suspenseful moment, everyone will open their boxes,” Phillips said. “In three of those boxes, there will be a piece of jewelry from State Street Jewelers, a piece from Fox Jewelers, and a gift certificate for Margaret Matson Jewelers, all valued at more than $250.”

People can buy the limited tickets for the Disney pass and jewelry raffle by emailing her at

Phillips said organizations that have benefited from the Batavia Woman’s Club fashion show have included CHIP IN Batavia, Valley Sheltered Workshop, Court Appointed Special Advocates in Kane County and Mutual Ground domestic violence shelter.

“There are so many wonderful associations that are deserving that we try to spread it around each year,” Phillips said.

Diane Anderson of North Aurora, a former longtime Batavian, again co-chairs the fashion show, along with Mike Burke. She said that after last year’s fundraiser, the club was able to give $14,000 to CHIP IN Batavia. She called the Elderday Center well-deserving.

“What’s so nice is it’s going to make a major impact for them,” Anderson said. “They’re been around forever … in Batavia and do such a nice job.”

Ticket sales for the fashion show have climbed, and the Q Center will be able to accommodate added seating, Anderson noted.

“People had so much fun last year,” she said. “This year will be over the top with fashions. As you enter, we’ll have a red carpet glam wall [for taking] pictures with your friends and relatives.”

In addition to the Kane County Chronicle’s own editor, Kathy Balcazar, other models on the runway will range in age from babies to grandmothers, with a dash of bridal drama.

Walking down the runway with her niece will be Mollie Blum of Batavia, a social worker and director of programs at Elderday Center.

“We’re so incredibly honored and thankful that the Batavia Woman’s Club chose us as their charity of choice this year,” Blum said. “I can’t tell you enough what this means to our clients and the people in the community. I’m excited to be a part of it this year.”

She added that her 7-year-old niece is “over the moon” about the experience.

Elderday Center, a nonprofit adult day care center, will use the funds for nutritious lunches, supplies and therapeutic activities such as art, music and pet therapy that are designed to slow the progression of age-related decline – both physical and cognitive, and to keep people independent in their homes for as long as possible.

The added funding comes at an opportune time. Elderday Center depends on support not only from grants, but from state funding. Given the state’s budget woes, the center hasn’t seen a payment for state-funded clients since June 2015, Blum said.

“We’re still able to provide care for them because of organizations and groups like the Batavia Woman’s Club,” Blum said.

If you go

What: Batavia Woman’s Club fashion show

When: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 5

Where: Q Center, 1405 N. Fifth Ave., St. Charles

Cost & info: Tickets cost $50 at or by calling Diane Anderson at 630-373-1793.

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