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AAUW annual scholarship luncheon a sweet event

Pink and red table linens with heart-shaped centerpieces and party favors can only mean one thing. It’s Valentine’s Day.

The Manatee County Branch of the American Association of University Women picked the sweetest day for their annual scholarship luncheon and card party. They set the appropriate theme of “Queen of Hearts,” added in a fashion show and silent auction, and came up with a very successful afternoon.

More than 200 women gathered at the Bradenton Country Club for the fun event, which was chaired by Betty Ens and Jane Cheatham. Mary Yaple chaired the committee that made the centerpieces and sweet sachets that were at each place.

Chapter president Barbara Turner-Grace proudly introduced her daughter, Lisa Henson, and granddaughters, 10-year old Genaveve and 7-year old Annabel.

The young girls showed their beautiful dresses before the grown-up models took over.

Eileen Witzgall from Irene’s at Holmes Beach coordinated the styles that were shown by members of the club. The models included Barbara Andrews, Marilyn Shirley, Audrey Dodge, Maria Todd, Pat Gorman, Bea Vrbanic and Ann Wolpers.

The money raised will be used to give scholarships to local college-bound students, and AAUW Foundation president Sylvia Price and scholarship chair Ann Jones were thrilled with the turn out.

Last year, the organization awarded more than $13,000 to Manatee County women.

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.