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Second-Hand Rose Fashion show puts on the Ritz

Everyone loves a good buy, even the “ladies who lunch” crowd. At Thursday’s Second-Hand Rose Fashion show, they swarmed around the racks filled with fashions from Safe Place and Rapist Crisis Center’s Treasure Chest resale shop and proudly showed off their prized bargains.

This was no ordinary rummage sale, though. After all, it was held at Sarasota’s Ritz-Carlton and included a lunch and a style show featuring SPARCC Auxiliary members modeling outfits culled from the Treasure Chest’s inventory. Deborah Bill and Sandy Strom were in charge of coordinating the show and they proved that you really can dress to impress for less.

Among the crowd were former Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School moms Derek Billib, Janice Hamlin, Janice Herschel and Patty Hector. Their table also included Saint Stephen’s graduate and local attorney Cyndi Riddell. They had fun catching up with Carol Butera-Dutton who was the school’s development officer and is now chief development officer at Children First.

Maureen Horn (also a former Saint Stephen’s mom) brought a group from Longboat Key. They are all part of her women’s networking organization called and included Mary Lou Johnson, Carolyn Corbino, Bennie Dods and Susan Gilmore Clark.

Mary Kenealy-Barbetta lent her considerable fundraising experience to chair the event. The proceeds will benefit SPARCC which provides services to Sarasota’s domestic and sexual violence victims.

Susan Wilcox, a Florida native, has lived in Bradenton for more than 20 years. She has been active in many local organizations as a volunteer or an employee.