Monday, October 18, 2021

Marco Island Woman’s Club: Tres Chic Fashion Show

Photos by Jesus Calo

Photos by Jesus Calo

By Maureen Chodaba

The Marco Island Woman’s Club (MIWC) can trace its roots back to 1966 when a group of sixteen friends got together to help support the island’s people and nonprofit organizations. Today, MIWC has over 200 members who work diligently to raise funds that contribute to many services for the benefit of our community. MIWC recently held their annual Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Hideaway Beach Club. Co-chaired by MIWC members Sharyn Kampmeyer and Anne Marchetti, “Très Chic” featured fashions by Chico’s and drew an audience of 247. The event offered a sensational silent auction and vast array of door prizes and raffle items donated by local businesses.

Gracing the runway with glamour and elegance, eight members of MIWC could have been mistaken for Paris models. NBC-2 anchor Stacey Deffenbaugh moderated the show as the ladies sashayed
in style.

Carol Ann Anzelone helped the audience get in touch with their “inner wild” as she modeled a three quarter cardigan in a bold animal print tribal design worn with leg slimming pants



and a microfiber
knit tank.

Austine Frawley got things sizzling with girlfriend ankle pants in the season’s hottest color – brown sugar – topped off with an indigo duster jacket.

Debbie Silvestri gave a fashion salute to the military in a double breasted high fashion jean jacket while Bonnie Calvin showed us that it’s all about the lace in a truly feminine ecru split neck top layered with an attached cami.

Judy Kenney was indeed Marco Island’s cover girl as she redefined denim in a slim ankle jean paired with a lace trench jacket. The outfit is featured on the cover of Chico’s February catalog.

Caitlin Robinson was elegant in a soft ruffle jacket accessorized with not one, but two necklaces. A single-strand necklace from Chico’s Kalani collection was paired nicely with a bold and sexy tassel neckpiece. The Chico stylists always say, “One necklace or bracelet are good, but two
are better!”

Ronda Balham struck a pose in black and white as she modeled a top styled with two tone sleeve detail. Black palazzo pants completed



the look.

Joanne Patterson made all heads turn with a faux suede jacket paired with an enamel blue tank. The vibrant hue was electrifying as Joanne lit up the runway!

Even the husbands of the event co-chairs got in the act. Paul Kampmeyer and John Marchetti served as model escorts, assisting the ladies on and off the runway.

Each model wore three different outfits in the show. All fashions and accessories are available at Chico’s, an in kind gold sponsor for the event.

The models were movie star gorgeous with hair and make-up by The Salon – JW Marriott Marco Island, also an in kind gold sponsor for the fundraiser.

But their beauty was merely enhanced by the chic fashions and cosmetics. The real beauty of the models and all members of the MIWC surely comes from the goodness of their hearts. Jackie Pierce, MIWC president, said “Events such as this fundraiser have enabled the Club to fund or contribute to many agencies and services which include the library, the Health Care Center, the Marco



Island Cemetery, the Center for the Arts, Veterans Community Park, the Marco Island Academy, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, and the Shelter for Abused Women and Children. In addition, the Marco Island Woman’s Club Educational Foundation has annually provided numerous scholarships for Marco Island students.”

Sponsors for the event included Physicians Regional Healthcare System, Sunshine Booksellers, Lynn H. Orr Capital Management Group Inc., Megan A. Welker DDS; Living Styles by F.H.D. Interiors, Integrity Insurance International Inc., the GFWC Illinois Women’s Clubs Executive Committee, Ronald S. Webster, Counselor at Law; Condee Cooling & Electric Inc., Evelyn McDowell (MIWC Past President), Mutual of Omaha Bank, Classic Transportation, Coastal Breeze News, and WVOI Radio 98.1 FM.

The general theme of the day can best be embraced with the words of the Club motto, “Why you were born and why you are living depends on what you are getting out of this world and what you
are giving.”

MIWC will be hosting their next fundraiser on March 7 with their annual home tour. Coastal Breeze News will keep you informed.

For more information about the Marco Island Woman’s Club, please visit

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