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Fashions raise money for community work

April 14, 2003|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

Sharon Smith's mission at the Hagerstown Business and Professional Women's spring fashion show on Saturday was twofold.

The Hagerstown resident is thinking of joining the club to get more involved in the community. She also was eyeing the clothes, including the Capri-style pants.

When asked if she would buy any of the merchandise modeled, Smith, 54, said, "I have no problem buying anything."

Besides giving local women a look at spring fashions available in the local area, Saturday's event at the Four Points Sheraton on Dual Highway was a fund-raiser, club spokeswoman Betty McCune said.

The fashion show was expected to raise a few hundred dollars, primarily for the club's scholarship fund, McCune said. Some money will go to toward community projects, but club officials had not decided which ones, she said.

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The application deadline has passed this year and club officials have not decided whom the new scholarship recipients will be, McCune said.

The club will be helping Shannon Harris again, McCune said.

Harris has received scholarships from the club for two years and has been doing well so the club will keep helping her, McCune said.

Harris, 20, is a sophomore studying psychology and English at Salisbury State on the Lower Eastern Shore, said her mother, Lisa Harris. Harris has been on the dean's list both years, her mother said.

Lisa Harris, 42, of Hagerstown, came to Saturday's fashion show to support the club that has helped her daughter.

"This was a great help for us," said Harris, whose husband is retired and on disability. Harris works and her daughter has two jobs on campus, but the family needs financial aid to meet the $12,000-per-year cost of tuition, room and board, she said.

For this school year, Shannon Harris received $800 from the club, including a $100 Myra Poffenberger Scholarship, Lisa Harris said. She got $500 from the club her freshman year.

Approximately 60 people attended the spring fashion show, which featured clothes from the David Brooks and Kasper stores at Prime Outlets at Hagerstown.

"I think they ought to put the prices on the items," said Reba Spickler, 72, of Halfway.

But, Spickler said, she knows how much the clothes cost. She was wearing a teal jacket she bought after seeing it modeled at last year's fashion show.

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