Fashion with a Passion Raises Scholarship Funds

Passion Fashion

Twenty-five models representing a wide variety of community service opportunities showcased spring styles from at the Second Annual Fashion with a Passion fashion show Tuesday, May 9.

Hosted by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Tifton 20th Century Library Club’s Second Annual, roughly 80 people attended the dinner and show, donating toward drawings for prizes and receiving door prizes for their attendance.

The event is a fundraiser for the club’s Bergeron-Whiddon Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Scholarship, named in memory of “Tunkey” Bergeron and Margaret Whiddon, two active club members who were also beloved teachers in Tift County.

The club’s parliamentarian Debbie Thompson introduced the recipient of this year’s scholarship, Tift County High School student Chastity Dillard.

“Chastity is graduating from Tift County High School with honors,” Thompson said. “She is involved in activities such as the 4H air pistol team, Future Farmers of America and is currently employed part-time with Quailwood Animal Hospital. Her future plans include attending ABAC in this summer and obtaining an Associates of Animal Sciences.”

Then she plans to transfer to UGA for a degree in Food Animal Science and continue in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Bonnie Sayles, president of the club,presented a check to Fran Kinchen, director of Leroy Rogers Center, in appreciation for all the center’s help as a meeting location for the club.

The stores featured were Aero Boutique, Belk at Tifton Mall, Bird’s Nest Thrift Shop, Julie’s Closet, Plantation 59, and Suit Yourself.

Models included: Melissa Hughes, Tift County Commissioner serving District 2 and Alternative Dispute Resolution program director for with the Tift County Judicial Circuit; Roxie Price, UGA Extension Family and Consumer Sciences agent and chair of the Tift County Commission on Children & Youth/Family Connections; Contessa Crawford with Easter Seals Adult Day Solutions and her client Katie Crowley; Yolunda Lewis, a nurse at Tift County Health Department; Fran Kinchen, director of Leroy Rogers Senior Center (LRSC); Shirene Daniell, Tifton 20th Century Library Club treasurer and former state president of GFWC Georgia.

Models also included Cindy Marzen, 2016-2017 Tift County Teacher of the Year and teacher at Northeast Campus; Dawn Pridgen, who started the local Bunco fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House, and her daughter Kayleigh Pridgen, a competition cheerleader and student at J.T. Reddick; Ashton Lovett; Aeriel Lewis, a member of Ladies Choice Show Choir and student at Northeast Campus TCHS; Becky Langenfeld and Rosemary Hightower, both volunteers at Birds Nest Thrift Store, a fundraiser for the House of Hope shelter for women. Rosemary is also board chairman of House of Hope, and her daughter Laura Roberts participated along with granddaughters Claire Roberts, an honor student at Tift Academy, and Madison Roberts.

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