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Ladies of the Elks ‘Swing into Spring’ Fashion Show

April 1, 2015
Pine Island Eagle


The Ladies of the Elks held its final fundraiser of the season - a "Spring Fling" Fashion Show and luncheon - last Thursday.

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Anita Skinner is models clothing from Island Time Fashions and Gifts: ETC Calypso slacks and ETC cotton tunic top. The orange sandals come from Italy and the orange and beige straw bag from Madagascar. The jewelry Skinner is wearing she designed herself.


Close to 150 women filled the hall at the Elks Lodge for the event. Afterward the ladies modeled the latest spring fashions: dresses, pants, shirts, blouses, jackets and blazers, shorts and capris and lots more.

Two stores presented fashions: Island Time Fashions and Gifts, a new store on Pine Island located on Stringfellow Road in the Century 21 building, and The Art of Fashion and Moore, a shop on First Street in Fort Myers.

"I really like that these two local business women are our designers this time," organizer Pink Wesorik said. "And their fashions aren't old ladies clothes but stylish and fashionable. What's interesting is if you look around the room many of the ladies here today are wearing clothes from these two shops."

Island Time Fashion and Gifts is owned by Nan Patterson and was opened about a year ago behind the Subway. The original theme was island style gifts but after noticing a need and listening to her customers, Patterson decided to add more clothing items and expand her business.

"I was really pleased to be asked to participate in this fundraiser," Patterson said. "My store hasn't been around that long but since we relocated to the Century 21 Plaza, my customers have let me know that they are looking for contemporary, modern clothing and we try to accommodate them."

The Art of Fashion and Moore is owned by Teri Moore.

"My business is located in the heart of downtown Fort Myers Riverfront District across from the Florida Repertory Theater," Moore said. "We specialize in 'wearable art.' I like to describe our clothing as stylish, comfortable and interesting."

Moore opened her boutique in 2012.

The Ladies of the Elks is a small group of about 80 women that donates its time and efforts to benefit the community by raising money through several seasonal events: fashion shows, card parties, musical events, etc. The cost of events ranges between $10 and $20 per person and all events but the Christmas Party are held at the Elks Lodge at 5630 Pine Island Road, N.W., (just west of Pine Island Center).

"This is our final fundraiser of the season," Rubeye Woodhead said. "Proceeds from these fundraisers hosted by LOTE go directly to island charities with an emphasis on island children. Last year the Ladies of the Elks raised approximately $9,850."

Past beneficiaries of these events include: Pine Island Elementary School, through the school basket brigade, incentive program and emergency shoe fun (the emergency shoe fund is for children that are very needy. If a teacher sees that a child needs a new pair of shoes, the child is sent to the nurse, who supplies them with the correct size); Fellow Islanders Sending Help (F.I.S.H.); Pine Island Food Pantry, Lee County Recreation Department ;and the Pine Island Elks Lodge for children's therapy.

The Ladies of the Elks meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Elks Lodge. For more information about LOTE, contact Vice President Sue Eslinger at 239-283-7849.

For more information about Island Time Fashions and Gifts, call 256-436-0128.

For more about The Art of Fashion and Moore, call 239-204-9759



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