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PEO fashion show offers something for everyone

Published 8:42pm Thursday, April 3, 2014

The P.E.O. Spring Fashion Show is set for Saturday and it’s a fashion show for everyone – women, children and, this year, men.
The annual fundraiser for P.E.O. will be at 11 a.m., Saturday at the Family Life Center of Park Memorial United Methodist Church in Troy. Tickets are $10.
Although it’s helpful for tickets to be purchased in advance, some tickets will be available at the door.
Reservations may be made on line at and paid for and picked up at the door
The luncheon will feature the P.E.O.’s traditional chicken salad plate. Members of the Troy University Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity will be the servers
Elaine Bassett, P.E.O. member, said the fifth annual P.E.O. Spring Fashion Show will showcase fashions from shops on the square in downtown Troy and modeled by friends and neighbors.
The show will feature several local celebrity models, including attorney Joel Williams and Pike County Chamber of Commerce President Kathy Sauer.
“We’ll have some really great door prizes donated by local merchants,” Bassett said. “These are door prizes that anyone would like to have and are worth more than the price of admission.
“We’ll also have baked goods – cakes, cookies, cheese straws—for sale and some handmade items, including jewelry. So, we encourage everyone to bring along a little extra money.”
P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) celebrates the advancement of women through education and all funds raised through the Spring Fashion show will be used to fund scholarships, grants, awards and loans for women who seek to achieve their highest aspirations.
“Two local women have earned grants this year to assist them as they further their educations,” Bassett said. “We congratulate Wanda Norris and Kim Kersey as recipients of these grants. Opportunities for P.E.O. grants and scholarships are available to women in our area and we encourage women to take advantage of them.”
Bassett said P.E.O. also raises funds in other ways to assist women in their endeavors to further their educations and better prepare themselves for career opportunities.
The local P.E.O. Chapter has been active in for 10 years.
Today, P.E.O. has grown from that tiny membership of seven to almost a quarter of a million members in chapters in the United States and Canada.
The P.E.O. Sisterhood is passionate about its mission: promoting educational opportunities for women.
The sisterhood proudly makes a difference in women’s lives with six philanthropies that include ownership of Cottey College, a women’s college with two-year and selected four-year programs, and five other philanthropies that provide higher educational assistance.

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