It has been a very exciting year for the Barrington Junior Women’s Club (BJWC)—it’s not every day an organization celebrates it’s 80th anniversary. All year, the women of BJWC have been planning and participating in area events—always with the goal of raising as much money as possible to help support Barrington initiatives that focus on women, children, and seniors.
To culminate this special year, the group will once again host their annual fashion show on November 12 at the Stonegate Conference Center in Hoffman Estates. The event will feature a shopping boutique, silent and live auctions, luncheon and fashion show.
In an ode to the organization’s 80th anniversary, the co-chairs of the event, Cindy Galley and Lindsey Murphy, have chosen the theme to be “Diamonds and Pearls,” which is the traditional gift for celebrating the milestone. The event will be a rock tribute to fashion, with a nod to the late singer, Prince, who according to event co-chair Murphy “knew how to rock and diamonds and pearls better than anyone.”
“We have had such great success with our previous fashion shows that this year we decided to switch it up and add in a little more fun and create an edgier, faster-paced show,” says Galley.
The show, produced by ZZazz Productions, will for the first time headline fashion from luxury department store Neiman Marcus, as well as from local Barrington clothing boutiques.
“The decor is set to be ‘rocker glam’ and will feature purple, black, and white and over the top ‘bling,’” says Murphy.
Prior to the start of the fashion show, guests will have the opportunity to shop at a boutique featuring more than 30 different vendors selling items such as jewelry, clothing, and home accessories. Local favorites such as Luxe Wearhouse, Heads Up Apparel, and Wings Resale will have a selection of merchandise from their stores onsite.
“This day is really about women having fun together and giving back at the same time,” explains Murphy.
Headlining the live auction segment of the event will be an exclusive shopping experience with celebrity designer (and former Barrington resident) Cynthia Rowley. Rowley may meet the lucky winner and her friends for a private shopping party at a Cynthia Rowley Boutique. Guests will enjoy champagne and nibbles, as they preview her latest collection. Other exciting auction offerings include a fur coat from York Furrier, a little red Corvette child’s car, and a diamond and pearl pendant necklace donated by Long & Company Jewelers. An impact jewelry raffle and a designer purse from Country magazine offered as a door prize will complete the many opportunities guests have to support the organization and go home with a special keepsake of the day.
New to the silent auction this year will be the ability for guests to use their smartphones to bid on auction items. With over 40 baskets to bid on, ranging from sports experiences, travel packages, kids’ themed baskets, and spa packages, the event planners are betting on the new technology to raise even more money for charity, while making it easier for guests to track their bids.
“We try to have something for everyone from fashion to auction items, and we are excited this year to implement our new silent auction bidding system that will give our guests more time to track their favorites and keep up on their bidding,” says Mary Dale, President of the BJWC. With typically 400 women in attendance at this event, this mobile bidding will be a fun addition to the day.
The BJWC Fashion shows have each raised more than $100,000 in the past, and this year event organizers hope to raise even more in celebration of the special anniversary year.
“We would love for this to be a record year for this event,” Galley says. “With the new changes in place for the auction and show, we feel we are poised to raise over $100,000 in BJWC’s 80th anniversary year, which would just be incredible.”
The Barrington Junior Women’s Club uses the money raised at this event to fund scholarships for Barrington High School seniors and grants for numerous local charities including Barrington Giving Day, Journeycare, Wings, and Meals on Wheels.
“After attending many BJWC fashion shows in the past and loving fashion like I do, I thought this was a great fit for me to step up and be a chair this year,” says Murphy. “I love the theme and feel of the event and working with a group of women putting the day all together has been more rewarding than I could have imagined. I hope our guests enjoy the day as much as we have had planning it!”
As in past years, this event is expected to sell out. Advance ticket purchase is recommended at bjwc.org.