Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club’s Mistletoe Market Charity Fundraiser nets over $5000 for HOPE, SMART & SOLVE

On Thursday, November 14th, the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club (LWRWC) held their wildly popular Mistletoe Market Holiday Bazaar Charity Fundraiser in the brand-new Grove Ballroom with an overwhelming 270 supporters in attendance.

Mistletoe Market epitomized the fun, friendship, and community service that signifies the LWR Women’s Club. Since the event sold out in less than 3 weeks, Grove helped LWRWC out by graciously accommodating the entire 45 person waiting list! The solution to squeeze in more tables brought close friends even closer and added to the spirit of the holidays. Attendees enjoyed a wonderful shopping experience and a delicious buffet lunch, enhanced by the camaraderie of so many friends.

The Women’s Club thanks all our vendors and local artisans for making Mistletoe Market a phenomenal holiday shopping experience. Mistletoe Market was filled with 41 vendor tables filled with artwork, crafts, jewelry, clothing, accessories, wallets, purses, and a host of unique products, making this event the best shopping extravaganza in town.

In their opening remarks, LWRWC President Eileen Buzzard and Event Co-Chairs, Kathleen Cleveland & Monika Templeman gave Kudos to their outstanding Committee with special thanks to Vendor Chair, Helen Low and Registration Chairs Diane Laybourne & Linda Stone for their extraordinary support. Diane also chairs the newest LWRWC philanthropic Committee, Blankets 4 Babies. The beautiful handmade quilt and afghan made by Blankets 4 Babies were displayed at Mistletoe Market and will be in the Silent Auction at LWRWC Music of the Night Charity Fundraiser on December 12th at LWR Golf & Country Club.

Best of all,  Mistletoe Market raised over $5000 to benefit LWRWC’s 501(c)(3) adopted charities – HOPE Family Services, SMART (Sarasota Manatee Association of Riding Therapy) and SOLVE Maternity Homes. Executive Directors, Laurel Lynch of HOPE, Brandi Ezell of SMART and Peggy Kerwin of SOLVE, partnered with LWRWC to make the event a success.

The Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club is a not-for-profit service club with over 330 members that was founded to improve the quality of life in our community as well as foster growth and friendship. To learn more about the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club, their fundraising events and charitable organizations they support, please visit www.lwrwc.org.

By Monika Templeman, LWRWC Publicity Chair