March 3, 2019


"Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend" broke all PAWC records!!

The Palm Aire Women’s Club, thanks to the generous contributions of its members, will continue its long tradition of awarding annual scholarships to deserving local students. Four 2-year scholarships will be awarded to State College of Florida students. Additionally, two scholarships will be given to Manatee Technical Institute students. Each student must attend school full-time and remain in good academic standing. The recipients and their mentors will be honored at the April 12th luncheon. This luncheon is an extremely important one, since the 2018/2019 PAWC board will also be elected. Make sure you attend so your voice will be heard.

Attendees will be entertained during the event by The State College of Florida Chamber Choir directed by Ms. Melodie Dickerson. This is the same choir, you will remember, that was chosen to accompany Ms. Susan Boyle when she performed at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall during her first U. S. tour. Luncheon reservations are $25.00. Send checks to PAWC, PO Box 21051, Bradenton, FL 34204. For further information, contact Barbara Link.

The PAWC "Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend" Gala Fashion Show and Luncheon proved to be truly spectacular! Co-chairs Kim Lege and Ivonne Cardona worked tirelessly to ensure that all went smoothly. More than 200 men and women filled the room, coming together to raise funds in support of scholarships and local charities.

The Gala kicked off with emcee Jim Shirley distributing prizes to lucky winners and continued with our glamorous models showing off Dillard’s latest styles. The fashions were expertly modeled by Melodie Dickerson, Andrea Knies, Sarasota Chief of Police Bernadette DiPino, Kathleen Allen, Dodie Shuert and Katherine Pike. The styles were highlighted with sparkling bling and the sound of chiming champagne glasses. It was a day where everyone channeled their inner Marilyn Monroe. Chief DiPino even brought her own special accessory, a pair of sparkling handcuffs!

The guests enjoyed the opportunity of showing off their own bling, winning fabulous prizes and receiving complementary mini-makeovers and gift bags from Lancome’s Terry Dodd, Jamie Parigi, Jenny Smith and Lori Hemelberger. Jen Allen, from Stella and Dot, offered jewelry styling ideas.

Whilst all enjoyed the event, everyone was here for two important reasons; raising money for scholarships and local charities. This is exactly why the Fashion Show Committee put so much effort and hard work into making ‘Diamonds’ the most successful and glamorous women’s event on the Sarasota events calendar.

Many thanks to Jim Shirley from the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota for hosting the night, Debbie Palmer from Dillard’s for providing the fashions, and Lux-Art and Dodie Shuert for the magnificent table centerpieces. Special thanks are also owed to Affordable Attorney, Unique Stone USA, Kathleen DeStefano CPA, One 11 South, Graphic Designs by Stephanie Rivera and Divine Hair Creations.

We would not be able to enjoy this evening and raise the necessary funds for our scholarships and charities without the incredible support and kindness of our sponsors. Thanks to the following PAWC sponsors who helped make this event an outstanding success: 3 Dog Bakery, AJ Nails, AMF Bowling, Applebee’s, Asolo , Blaze Pizza, Bone Appetite, Bonefish Grill, Botox Boutique, Buffalo Wild Wings, Cathie Galioto, Chicken Kitchen, Cinebistro, Circus Arts Conservatory, Courtyard Marriott, Cutting Loose, Debbie Kimball, Deborah Frock, Demetrio's Pizza, Divine Hair, Dutch Valley Restaurant, First Watch, Florida Studio Theatre, Fresh Market, FSU/Asolo Conservatory, Gary Halprin, Georgia Chapman, Hampton Inn Janice Scanlon, John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Joy Pendergast, Jpan, June Gilcrest, Kacey's Seafood, Kathleen Allen, Kay Jewelers, Key Sailing, Key West Express, LeBarge Tropical Cruises, Lege Listing Group at Keller Williams, Leslie Kudla, Lux Art Silks, Lyft, Mary Ellen Thinnes, Massage Envy, Mattison's Restaurant, Melanie Brokaw, Mattison’s Metro Diner, Miller's Dutch Furniture, Molly’s Boutique, Morton's Market, Nail Shoppe, Nails Top Spa, Nancy Eilerson & Christine Huxtable – ReMax, New Balance, Oak & Stone Restaurant, Outback Steakhouse, Palm Aire Country’s Club Dining Room, Golf Pro Shop and Tennis Center, Pascone's Restaurant, Patti Sue Peotter-Bettes, Phyllis Lucas, Rita Probst, Salon Posh, Sammy Ulbrick, Sarasota Architectural Salvage, Sarasota Bay Explorers, Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Orchestra, Southside Deli, Spa Hollywood, Spacco Italian Grill, Stella & Dot by Jen Allen, Stonewood Grill & Tavern, Style by Olga, Susan Romine, Sweet Tomatoes, Tanning Salon, The Cheesecake Factory, The Exchange, The Fountain Kitchen & Wine Bar, The Lazy Lobster, The Nail Shoppe, The Players Center for Performing Arts, The Public House, Three Dog Bakery, Tire Kingdom, Tyler's Gourmet Ice Cream, Ultraviolet Tanning Salon, University Auto Spa, Urbanite Theatre, Valentino Pizzeria, Van Wezel Performing Arts, Walt's Fish Market and Yellow Strawberry.

What a wonderful event, a thank you to all who attended this event and all those who helped ensure its success. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

Remember, the PAWC usually meets on the second Friday of the month at 11 AM (registration at 10:45) from October to May. Membership is open year-round and is not limited to Palm Aire Country Club members. For information, contact membership chair, Cecelia Massey. Dues are now $40 yearly.

Models Katherine Pike, Dodie Shuert

Models Katherine Pike, Dodie Shuert, Kathleen Allen, Andrea Knies, Chief of Police Bernadette DiPino and Melodie Dickerson gather together after the show

Peggy Fainelli, Cecelia Massey

Peggy Fainelli, Cecelia Massey, Cindy Jones and Janet Jackson get together at the fashion show.

Co-Chairs Ivonne Cardona and Kim Lege

Co-Chairs Ivonne Cardona and Kim Lege start the show.

Kim Lege and emcee Jim Shirley

Kim Lege and emcee Jim Shirley announce prize winners.

Club Mailing Address
PO Box 21051
Bradenton, FL 34204