CCAC Fashion Show a Success
An annual event sponsored by Clay County Arts Council, Inc., took place Thursday evening, Oct. 29, at the Sugar Creek Country Club in Piggott. Serving multiple populations and meeting several goals, the event was a hit with those attending.
One hundred patrons of the arts from Corning, Rector and Piggott enjoyed a social evening with a delicious meal catered by the staff at Sugar Creek Country Club and Three Little Pigs Bakery and Catering. In addition, guests frequented the club's side room, which housed a silent auction benefiting the Council's scholarship fund for graduating seniors from Clay County high schools who intend to major or minor in any of the arts disciplines.
Adding pizazz and entertainment to the evening, models from retail establishments in the three communities brought fall fashion and personality to the event. The fashion-forward casual look dominated models' choices in ensemble as they commanded the runway which meandered through the crowd. The men models sported the classic casual look and brought chuckles as they strutted about in camouflage and hunting jackets.
Acting as interim president of the organization founded by Gail Burns, Tracy Cole kept the program on schedule so that guests could enjoy their dinners, indulge in scrumptious desserts, and still have time to keep an eye on their bids at the silent auction. Barbi Anderson and McKain Holman, Clay County Arts Council members, served as masters of ceremonies, and Gary Cremmons augmented the evening with well-chosen dinner music and runway sounds.
An Arthur Court punch bowl with ladle was offered in a separate drawing, with proceeds benefiting the scholarship fund. The exquisite bowl, which can serve more purposes than for serving punch, was won by Geraldine Evans of Piggott. Once again, Piggott State Bank offered a silver and glass elevated cake plate with server which showcased an antler design. As a door prize, it was won by Veronica Bradshaw Latta. A door prize donated by Cedar Hill Farms (Randy and Cindy McComb) was won by Margie Wesserling
The annual Pre-Holiday Fashion Show and Dinner with Silent Auction was a success for the Arts Council. The format of the show and dinner kept the evening moving and patrons were constantly engaged in conversation and attention to the underlying purpose of the fundraiser. The silent auction, which fully benefited the scholarship fund, raised more than $2,000, which guarantees multiple scholarships for the May 2016 award season.
"Joe Burns spent the last 30 minutes of the evening moving in and around the display room, encouraging bidding and making sure his Christmas shopping was complete," observed John James of Piggott.
Future events for the Council include another drawing for a set of beautiful Christmas dishes featuring the holiday holly pattern, an Appreciation Holiday Open House for Arts Council members in December, the annual Night of Chocolate and Community Theatre event in February, the annual Visual Art Show in March with adjudication by professional artists, a children's show with Giant Puppets for April (featuring Thimbelina) and the annual Celebration of the Arts in June, recognizing Larry and Cathy Norred of Piggott and Richard and Shirley Simmons of Rector.
The Council's membership drive is in full swing and an information letter has been mailed to current friends of the Arts Council. Always looking to improve and increase membership, the council offers membership to the full community, noting that "Our mission success depends on your support of the arts in the Clay County area."
"None of the planned activities will happen or can happen unless we have community support," Cole said. "Your donation may be made in the form of a memorial or honorarium. Clay County Arts Council, Inc., is a non-profit organization recognized by the IRS, so your contribution is tax deductible."
Those who want more information about the planned events may contact Cole. Her cell phone number is (901) 496-5000.