MSO Guild sponsors fashion show to raise money for orchestra

April 07, 2013|By JULIE E. GREENE |
  • Jeanne Stoner struts on the runway Sunday for the MSO Guild's fashion show fundraiser.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

Orange and red are in style this season, including together, according to one of the mistresses of ceremonies for Sunday’s Fashion in the Know show at Fountain Head Country Club.

Women modeled fashions from Lena’s of Hagerstown and Aspire, a women’s clothing boutique in Frederick, Md. In addition to clothes, handbags and jewelry were highlighted.

“Love both of the boutiques,” said Kathy Tierney, who sat at one of the back tables watching the models strut on the runway before walking through the crowd of tables.

Tierney, 64, of Hagerstown, is a member of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra Guild, which holds the fashion show every other year to help raise money for the symphony.

Guild officials said they were hoping to raise at least $3,000 from the show after raising $3,000 from the 2011 event.

The guild, which has about 120 members, pledged to raise more than $65,000 for the symphony for the fiscal year that ends June 30, said Judy Ditto, a guild member who works as the symphony’s office manager.

Ditto said the guild already met its pledge. Any funds raised Sunday were expected to go toward the remaining $30,000 the guild has left to pay on its $100,000 pledge toward the MSO Guild Shell, which the symphony uses in The Maryland Theatre, she said.

Funds were being raised Sunday through the $45 event admission fee, table fees for vendors and a raffle, guild officials said. Each of the 12 vendors donated an item for the raffle.

The guild is the major sponsor for the MasterWorks 5 performances, set for April 20 and 21 at The Maryland Theatre. The concert, titled “Orchestral Dances,” will include music from “West Side Story” and Latin American dances, according to the symphony’s website at

Approximately 140 people attended the show, which also had a touch of fashion at each of the luncheon tables.

The centerpieces included a purse, a shoe and jewelry with arrangements designed by Jan Smith and Barbara Brennecke, the latter of whom co-chaired the event with Yvonne Thomson.

Tierney said the shoes used in the designs were selected from Super Shoes, of whom her husband, Terry, is president.

Smith, a longtime guild member who lives in Albuquerque, N.M., was introduced to the guild by her longtime friend, Thomson.

She said she saw her first MSO concert Saturday night.

“Fabulous,” Smith said.

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