My name was mispronounced about 60 times when I went to the 11th-annual Holiday Splendor fundraiser sponsored by the Wintersville Woman's Club on Dec. 2 at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville.
There I sat at table No. 6, patiently waiting for my name to be called for one of the gazillion door prizes, but with each drawing, someone else's name was called, all of them names that certainly didn't sound anything at all like mine.
Now that's not to say our table didn't have some luck. It had a few winners, including my sister Cathy Canada, who has now made it a December tradition to tag along with me to this event that combines a lovely meal; a Chinese auction; a 50-50 drawing (this year's winner took home $580!); a new drawing for a Pittsburgh Public Theater-themed basket; a number of vendors selling all kinds of goodies; and a fashion show featuring great looks from Phyllis' Fashions in Washington County, Pa.
Annual fashion show and scholarship fundraiser
There also was the grand prize drawing, this year for a sterling silver necklace with seven oval amethyst stones donated by Chip and Chris Warren of Discovery Jewelers.
Now get this, the winner - let's do a drum roll here - was Darla Kalman, who was last year's winner of the grand prize - a pearl necklace, which she was wearing. What are the odds of that? That's one lucky gal, I'd say.
She was among those seated at table No. 6 along with Donna Jean Sweeney and her neighbor, Helen Houghton; Ella Jane Burns; sisters Mary Beth Allan and Pat Daily; and Donna Bess and CarolynLee Barrett, the latter two who had both taught at North Elementary along with lucky lady Darla Kalman.
Event co-chairs Marjean Sizemore, left, and Pat Freeland
-- Janice R. Kiaski
Next to our table, I must mention, was a table of ladies from St. Mark Lutheran Church on Lovers Lane in Steubenville. One of the first people I shared a hug with Sunday was a woman I know through weekly e-mails but not to see, at least not until this event when she approached me, having the upper edge since my mug shows up pretty frequently in this publication. Caroline McGarrity is the church secretary who sends me the church's weekly sermon topics along with the cutest animations and words of wisdom I look forward to receiving.
Caroline's table included Brenda Starinsky, Karen Krause, Becky Hersko, Charlene Pearce, Jean Reitter, Betty Zibritosky and Phyllis McVey.
A nice touch to the event were the songs sung by Joel Smith of Follansbee, a fellow who is performing a lot these days at local functions. He was there as a thank-you from Todd Piergallini for the faithful support of the woman's club, which has held its monthly luncheon and business meetings there for the past 14 years.
As my sister and I walked around to check out the vendors there and gab along the way, I liked what Becky Salvino of Aubrey's Bakery had to say, that Holiday Splendor was her favorite event because everyone's so shiny. The attendees do get in the spirit of holiday glitz and glamour, which was evident as well in the fashions on the runway.
Joyce Palmer, club treasurer, served as mistress of ceremonies for Holiday Splendor, announcing that the club would be awarding five scholarships this year.
Barb Thermes, president, offered the welcome to the event where there were 300-plus reservations.
Linda Nolf gave the invocation.
The Wintersville Woman's Club is part of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, a service organization dedicated to community improvement through volunteer service.