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Fabulous Fashion Finds to fund Winchester Quota programs

Cindy North, left, and Karen Schmitt organize jewelry at last year's Fabulous Fashion Finds clothing and accessories show at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester. The third annual show will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and will benefit community programs through Quota International of Winchester. Courtesy photo (Buy photo)

By Josette Keelor

Quota International of Winchester plans a fun girls night out-style evening of shopping, food and prizes for Thursday's third annual Fabulous Fashion Finds.

The event at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St., Winchester, raised more than $3,000 last year for community services and the hearing impaired, said Lynda Ingle, president of the Winchester club.

Even after rescheduling to accommodate John Handley High School's graduation, Ingle said, "All in all, it went really well that evening."

This year, she said she hopes for a turnout of 200.

Fabulous Fashion Finds, described in promotional materials as a sale of gently used fashions, purses and accessories, came from the idea of recycling clothing that women have at home but don't wear anymore, Ingle said.

Items include shorts, slacks, skirts, suits, hats, gloves, purses and jewelry and range in price from about $3 to $15.

"We have some very high-end things," she said. "We have some vintage items this year.

"It's a great bargain, a really great bargain," Ingle said.

Admission is $12 and includes light fare catered by Bonnie Blue. Tickets are available at the Daily Grind at 621 W. Jubal Early Drive, Winchester, or at the museum on Thursday. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m.

Raffle tickets will be sold for themed baskets including items such as wine, beer and designer bags, and themes of movie night, dinner, spa and facial treatments and pets.

Quota's fall Kitchen Kapers home tour is the club's other big fundraising event. Ingle said the two shows fund a year of events that give back to the community.

The club distributed 85 Easter baskets to area children this year, purchased Christmas gifts for home health care patients, bought back-to-school items for area students, and supplied hearing aids and assisted area residents in obtaining hearing aids and batteries.

"Each project has a budget, so with the money raised we're able to distribute it," Ingle said.

She said the club's mission is "to help women and children in need and to assist with the hearing impaired and deaf."

Recently Quota supported Garland R. Quarles Elementary School and Virginia Avenue Charlotte DeHart Elementary School, both of Winchester. This year's school hasn't been decided yet, Ingle said.

Quota meets at Westminster-Canterbury at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month and has 25 active members.

Fabulous Fashion Finds "just makes for a couple hours of fun shopping for women and just bring your girlfriends and have a great time," Ingle said.

"It's a really fun event, it's girls' night out."

For event information, call Christine Sypher at 703-869-5387 or Debbie Garber at 664-0584, or visit Quota International of Winchester at winchester.quota.org/contact-us.

Contact staff writer Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137, ext. 176, or jkeelor@nvdaily.com

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