By Joseph Domelowicz Jr.
For the Transcript
Winthrop Ladies Lodge President Dottie Dâ€™Onofrio and the other women of the local social organization have been working overtime this summer preparing for their newest and best scholarship fundraising event ever.
On Saturday, August 15, beginning at 2 p.m., the Ladies Lodge will host the first-ever Ladies Lodge Project Runway fashion show event at the Don Orione home in East Boston.
â€œAs Iâ€™ve been telling people, doing the bake sales just wasnâ€™t bringing in the dough,â€ joked Dâ€™Onofrio, referring to the latest fundraising event. â€œWith the economy in such bad shape, we knew it would be a challenge to attract donations in the first place, so we decided to do something different and cast as wide a net as possible.â€
The result is a fashion show, complete with a full dinner and entertainment, all provided by local residents and well-known people from the community, with donations and volunteers from across the community, including lots of local businesses.
â€œThe clothes for the fashion show are being provided by Marshallâ€™s of Saugus, which is sending a selection of fall fashions, and our models are all local people,â€ said Dâ€™Onofrio.
Among the local folks dedicating their time to serve as runway models are State Senator Anthony Petruccelli and his family, town councilors Joseph Ferrino and Linda Calla, Carla Vitale and her daughter, Sofia, Richard Honan, Stephanie Locke and her daughter, Alana, and Brittany Lauren-Lucas.
Ticketholders will also receive a chicken cordon bleu dinner and entertainment provided by another group of well-known performers, including Three Winthrop Tenors Richard Honan, Chuck Famolare and Bob Lucas, a duet performed by John and Trudy Macero of the Winthrop School of Performing Arts and song performances by Nancy Williams and Fire Chief Paul Flanagan and Betty Federico and Dâ€™Onofrio of the Ladies Lodge.
â€œI think for a summer event, weâ€™ve dome very well so far, with over 100 tickets already sold and weâ€™re still making the last-minute push to sell even more tickets,â€ said Dâ€™Onofrio, of the $35 tickets that can be purchased in advance from Ladies Lodge members of the Event Committee composed of Dâ€™Onofrio, Rose LoConte, Peggy Pacifico and Anne Todisco-McNiff.
Dâ€™Onofrio noted that many local merchants have supported the fundraiser by taking ads in the event program.
â€œWe really have been very lucky with all of the support weâ€™ve received, to get Senator Petruccelli and his family to donate their time, and the same goes for all of the other volunteer models and performers. Itâ€™s really going to be a lot of fun,â€ she said.