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Style show set for Saturday as scholarships to be awarded

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By Alex Wimsatt

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - Three Bullitt County high school seniors will be honored this weekend during the Irene Carroll Scholarship Luncheon and Style Show.

Sponsored by the Bullitt County Woman’s Club, which has helped make the dream of a college education a reality for more than 100 local students over the past 42 years, the event will also commemorate an important milestone in the club’s rich history. 

As 2013 marks 90th anniversary of the woman’s club, making it the oldest civic organization in Bullitt County, the theme of this year’s luncheon and style show is ‘Still Mighty at 90.’

Woman’s club president Gaye Gardner said the anniversary was something to celebrate, adding that the the organization’s longevity would not have been possible if not for the hard work and dedication of its members through the years. 

“This is a group of women who, when they see something needs to be done they just get in there and do it,” she said. 

Gardner said it was the members’ willingness to serve, to volunteer their time and talents to make a difference, that has made the woman’s club a driving force in the community for nearly a century.

Gardner said the  Irene Carroll Scholarship program is just one of the woman’s club’s service based initiatives, but it’s one that has made a real difference. 

“For some students this scholarship can mean the difference between whether they decide to college or not,” she said. 

Just as important, Gardner said the scholarship program sends recipients the message that there are people in the community who believe in them.

Co-chair of the Irene Carroll Scholarship Luncheon and Style Show Committee Lou Ann Moore said that while this year’s theme celebrates the woman’s club’s 90th birthday, it’s really about the scholarship winners.

 After undergoing a competitive application and interview process, students from Bullitt Central, Bullitt East and North Bullitt were chosen for their extraordinary character, community involvement and exceptional academic careers.

The three recipients, who will be announced during the luncheon on Saturday, will each receive $1,500 to go to the colleges of their choice. 

Once the scholarship winners are announced and have the opportunity to say a few words, 26 models representing a variety of age groups will strut their stuff on the runway in the woman’s club’s annual style show. 

Adult styles are provided by Talbots of Hurstbourne. Children will model styles courtesy of Justice of the Jefferson Mall while teens will be showing off accessories from Missy K’s Consignments in Mount Washington.

Local television personality Kelsey Starks of WHAS 11 will serve as master of ceremonies for the style show.

There will be a silent auction for a variety of items, as well as door prizes and a drawing for two share packages.

One of the packages, provided by Professional Office Solutions, includes an iPad and case.

The other, courtesy of Century 21 Advantage Plus, includes a quilt and throw by Donna Sharpe.

A winner will be drawn for each package. Shares are $1 apiece and can be purchased in advance or during the luncheon and style show. 

The 2013 Irene Carroll Scholarship Luncheon and Style Show will be held this Saturday, March 23 in the Salt River Exposition Hall at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre. Lunch will be catered by Paroquet Springs. The event begins at 11:30 a.m.  

Tickets are $25 per person. To reserve tickets or to learn more about the event call Betty Porter at (502) 538-6623 or Lou Ann Moore at (502) 296-1578.