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Fashion show benefits the Greatest Needs

Event helps attendees get ready for spring

JOLIET, Ill. – In preparations for  annual spring closet cleaning, the Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center Auxiliary is hosting a Bruncheon & Fashion Show on May 4 that will feature new trends for this upcoming season.

The Auxiliary has orchestrated an exciting event that will inspire your spring wardrobe and offer some bargains on gently used designer purses and trendy jewelry.

The fifth annual Old Bags and New Rags Fashion Show, chaired by Marcia Garrison, will be held at the Bruce J. Wallin, MD, Conference Center, 333 N. Madison St. in Joliet. Convenient, free parking is available in the Springfield Avenue parking deck.

This year’s newest fashion trends will be featured from Hansen’s Villa in Manhattan. Members of the Auxiliary, friends and executives from Presence Saint Joseph will model a variety of the latest styles.

“We are excited to continue our annual show to help you revitalize your wardrobe ideas, while enjoying great food with great people, all with the goal to raise funds toward our annual pledge to benefit the Greatest Needs of the Medical Center,” said Christine Weaver, Auxiliary president.

New and gently used purses will be available, and a silent auction will provide the opportunity to garner some bargains and have lots of fun.

The bruncheon starts at 11 a.m. Tickets are $45 each, and can be reserved by calling (815) 725-7133, ext. 3339.

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All funds raised will be used toward the Auxiliary’s $75,000 pledge toward the hospital’s Greatest Needs. Last year’s Auxiliary donation is supporting an Emergency Department Rejuvenation project, which will provide improved work flow, privacy, and an updated look for the Emergency Department.
Many of the Auxiliary members cite “giving back to the hospital for caring for the community” as a primary reason for their involvement.

About the PSJMC Auxiliary

The Women’s Auxiliary at PSJMC was chartered in 1955 and is a philanthropic arm of the Foundation. In the past 55 years, the auxiliary has raised more than $2 million dollars, which has supported program and capital needs of the St. Joe’s.

Patti Kanellakes is the president of Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center Auxiliary.

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