As much as we love the fashions of fall, gray skies and shorter days mean the need for a little color, positive energy, and POP! Which is why when it came time for the Barrington Junior Women’s Club (BJWC) to decide a theme for this year’s fashion show fundraiser, the answer was obvious.
“Our mission is to spread joy through our grants, community service, and scholarships,” explains Jen Hopwood, who is co-chairing the Saturday, November 10 event with Emily Kerous. “When we were thinking of ways to visually represent our mission, especially on an often-gray November day, we kept coming back to using color through universally joyful and happy elements. Our community service, grants, and scholarships are often the extra boost organizations and students need to meet their goals.”
In other words, Hopwood and Kerous wanted BJWC’s signature fashion show to be the sprinkles on a cupcake—the streamers on a bicycle, and the pompom on a ponytail.
The “POP! Happy Looks Good on You” fashion show begins at 10 a.m. at the Stonegate Conference and Banquet Centre in Hoffman Estates. Produced by Zzazzz Productions in partnership with Neiman Marcus, the event will showcase clothing from Barrington-area shops and retailers throughout Chicago. More than 15 area businesses are also expected to participate in the on-site boutique.
New to this year’s lineup is a “pop-up” shop from hometown heroine Cynthia Rowley, with a portion of sales benefitting BJWC’s fundraising efforts. Attendees can also purchase custom beaded bracelets—exclusively designed for the fashion show in five complementing colors. As in year’s past, guests can expect crowd favorites like doorway and impact raffles, live and silent auctions, and the vendor boutiques.
Barrington Junior Women’s Club is a group of women committed to enhancing the community by providing philanthropy and community service in the spirit of camaraderie through volunteerism.
“We’ve been working closely with our production partner to create an incredible fashion show filled with pops of color and a focus on the fall and winter season,” says Hopwood. “We hope it resonates across the spectrum of women who attend so everyone leaves feeling dazzled and inspired.”
The charity portion of the day includes silent and live auction items that are intended to delight the winners. These include a three to four-day immersive internship with Rowley in New York City, and an “instant Christmas” package meant to provide a holiday home makeover. There will also be the crowd-favorite raffles—including the Impact Jewelry Raffle—and a new door prize raffle of his and hers bicycles.
Over the years, the BJWC fashion show and its other charity initiatives have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local grants. Last year’s event raised more than $100,000—funds that are allocated on an annual basis to more than 20 local charities, including Barrington Youth and Family Services, Barrington Giving Day, Journey Care, WINGS, Meals on Wheels, Gigi’s Playhouse, and $24,000 in scholarships for Barrington High School seniors.
Kerous says she had the chance to serve on the philanthropy and fashion show committees last year and loved being a part of making a difference in the community.
“I love seeing all of the women in the room at our annual fashion show—fabulously dressed and enthusiastically supporting our mission and one another,” adds Kerous, who joined BJWC in 2015. “I’m honored to call so many of them friends and fellow BJWC members. It’s amazing to see what we can accomplish when we all come together.”
Hopwood, who also joined the group in 2015, says she’s thrilled to be a part of this year’s event.
After co-chairing Safety Town and community partnerships, I’m back where it all began,” she says. “I loved seeing how Juniors makes a difference in the community in so many ways and I am honored to be serving as co-chair.”
What can guests expect?
More color, more energy, and more POP! than ever before.
Tickets are currently on sale for $90 (non-runway) and $100 (runway). For more information, visit bjwc.org.