Fashion Show, Luncheon to “Give Where You Live”

WomenWithPurposepurpleballoonsST. PETERSBURG, FL — The 3rd Annual Women With Purpose fashion show is set for Saturday, November 8, from 11:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 301 – 58th St., S., in St. Petersburg.

“A Woman’s Journey” features apparel from Lulu’s Bridal & Fashionique, modeled by women who are survivors — of cancer, of abuse, of poverty, of the myriad challenges that have made them stronger.

Tickets cost $35 in advance, or $40 at the door. The price includes a “swag bag” of samples and gifts, and a luncheon of Parmesan crusted chicken or pork masala, green beans almandine, saffron rice, salad, and rolls, catered by Spotlight Catering. Music is provided by DJ Dutch and Leslie Brosig, with comedy provided by Tampa’s Susan Guidi. The event is dedicated to “the amazing spirit of Ms. Millie Diaz,” a woman whose community service has inspired the members of Women With Purpose.

Door prizes, a 50/50 drawing, and a silent auction offer additional ways to support the group’s mission.

Individuals and businesses are invited to sponsor the event and receive free tickets and promotional consideration.

Women With Purpose is a 501 ( c ) (3) charitable organization that encourages people to “Give Where You Live” by solving problems one person, one family, and one challenge at a time.

The group has raised more than $40,000 in the last two years. Those dollars have helped keep a roof over the head of a single mother diagnosed with bladder cancer. Funds have helped a grandmother raising four children under the age of six, providing the family with diapers, clothes, food, toys, and books. Women With Purpose paid for three orphaned siblings to visit Disney World: it was one of their mother’s last wishes for her children before she succumbed to colon cancer.

The women who comprise Women With Purpose pay for the privilege, and their membership dues helps pay for the group’s charitable efforts. “We are all volunteers with heart, compassion, enthusiasm, and passion for what we do and accomplish together,” says founder Jane Morse-Swett.

Women With Purpose assists both men and women in need, providing financial assistance for housing, utilities, transportation, insurance, groceries, and special challenges.

For information, contact Morse-Swett at 727-641-3171 or visit


Call for Entries: Greater Pinellas Country Fair

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PINELLAS COUNTY—Can you can? Do you make music to beat the band? Is your woodcrafting a cut above?

Then the Greater Pinellas Country Fair wants you!

In addition to traditional midway rides and games, the Greater Pinellas Country Fair is planning five full days of competitions, exhibits, and entertainment.

The fair opens the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 12, and runs daily through Sunday, Nov. 16 at England Brothers Park, 5010 – 81st Ave., N., Pinellas Park.

There will be live music daily at the England Brothers Bandshell, from young start-up performers to seasoned professionals.

There are eight categories of competitions for Pinellas County residents to enter and win ribbons and/or cash prizes. They include:

  • Baking
  • Crafts/Decorative Arts/Scale Models
  • Fabric Arts/Quilting/Sewing/Needle Arts
  • Fine Arts/China Painting/Photography
  • Food Preservation
  • Horticulture
  • Technology
  • Wood Carving

Each category has sub-categories for adults and youth. Adults will pay $1 or $2 per entry; there is no entry fee for youth categories. Judging will follow the Danish Judging system. Visit the Fair’s website ( for rules and entry forms.

Not feeling competitive this year? You can still be part of the first-ever Greater Pinellas Country Fair! Hundreds of volunteers are needed to make things wonderful for five full days. Join the Fair’s volunteer crew for a few hours, a day, or every day! Willing hands are needed to help in every area, from staffing the ticket booths as people come in, to cleaning up the festival site after they leave—and everything in between!

To volunteer and be part of the first-ever Greater Pinellas Country Fair, contact Pam Roberts at 727-541-0805, ext. 1442#, or via email at The Fair’s website has new details every week at