Pictured in the front row (from left to right) are: Deneta Campbell, Vicki Longhorn, and Penny Tharp. In back (from left to right) are: Charlene Peterson, Lori McCullar, Darla Campbell, Jennifer Snoddy, Mabel Kidwell, Patti Knuth, and Rose Mary Price.
The Brazil Business and Professional Women celebrated "National Business Women's Week" with a dinner and fashion show at Traditions Monday evening.
Each woman was greeted at the door with a fall theme fresh floral corsage. The fall theme swept past the front door and filled the rest of the dining area with autumnal colors in the dinnerware, place settings and floral centerpieces.
The dinner was emceed and sponsored by Lori McCullar, president of BPW and owner of Balloon-A-Wish. McCullar welcomed everyone to the 2nd annual event by stating that she had assembled everyone so that professions of all women could be celebrated as well as the women who paved the way for women today.
"We're all important no matter what the job is and we need to remember that," McCullar said.
She went on to thank everyone that helped her put the evening together and then introduced the BPW officers and members.
While dinner was being served organist Jeff McCullough provided the group with soft music to dine by.
A fashion show was provided by Cato of Brazil to showcase the new looks in fall fashion. Models ranging from teenagers to women of maturity descended from a staircase and swaggered around the room to show their ensembles to the audience. The models varied in age as well as the designs of business attire, evening wear and outerwear. The show was organized by Cato manager Emily Myers.
When the fashion show came to a close, Greencastle BPW president Anita Peters gave a brief history of how the BPW began because this year marked the 75th anniversary of the prestigious group. Started in the early 1900's, the organization was originally called the Women's Association of Commerce and began to make the future brighter for women who had not even been born yet. In 1920 the group actively lobbied to pass bills to better women in the workplace and 1928 marked the First National Business Women's Week which began Oct. 19 allowing business and professional women to be spotlighted for efforts made in their business, profession and communities. This week affects many women because there are 66 million working women in the U.S. Women also own 28 percent of all U.S. businesses and contribute around 1.15 trillion dollars in sales each year.
Peters closed by saying, "Opportunities like this allow us to say thank you for hard work."
A proclamation signed by Mayor Crabb on Monday morning was read by BPW parliamentarian Hazel McDermont. The proclamation designated this week as National Business Women's Week, stating that The Brazil BPW has been promoting equality among working women as its primary function.
McCullar wrapped-up the event by saying a special thanks to the businesses that had contributed to the celebration and personal thanks to everyone who helped her put the event together. The evening came to a close with a raffle for the floral centerpieces.