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Feb. 20, 2013
By Philip Gruenwald, media relations assistant
The Sigma Society at Northwest Missouri State University is hosting its 40th annual bridal show, “I Loved Her First,” from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 2, at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.
Tickets for the bridal show are $5, and proceeds will benefit the Children and Family Center of Northwest Missouri. To purchase tickets, contact co-chairs Megan Dunkin or Savannah Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The women, drawing on the decades-old tradition of fusing philanthropy and fashion, are the reason Dunkin thinks the event has enjoyed such longevity.
“The dedication of our girls is what keeps it going,” Dunkin, a junior parks and recreation major from Kansas City, said. “We had a pretty good spring and fall pledge, and the bridal show is sometimes what interests those girls.”
The show will feature at least 21 vendors including bridal boutiques, florists, and cosmetic and fashion outfits. Four vendors are previous Sigma Society bridal show participants, which is a promising indication for fresh merchandise in this year’s show. Dunkin is excited to promote local businesses while welcoming noteworthy ones from Kansas City.
“Kansas City-based Elm’s Resort and Spa was just voted best new vendor of the year by The Knot magazine, so that was big for us because typically we don’t get bigger names like that,” Dunkin said.
Dunkin and Campbell also have planned the fundraiser with an emphasis on sustainability. By reusing materials from the previous years, Sigma Society has saved $200 to $300. Their vendors pursue similar sustainability efforts.
“Romancing the Gowns is a consignment shop that buys dresses that don’t get used or maybe have only been worn once, which goes along with the recycle and reuse idea,” Dunkin said. “Our decorations are by Upcycled Weddings. It’s a new business that features recycled or reused consignments.”
Sales of admission and raffle tickets at the bridal show benefit the Children and Family Center, which Sigma Society has aided for four years. The bridal show is the biggest fundraiser for the service organization, and the women are glad to support the center.
“They help so many people in Maryville,” Dunkin said. “We go and clean up and do whatever they need, because they just need a lot of help and there are so few places for unfortunate families to go.”
Sigma Society is a service organization for Northwest’s female students that promotes high standards and ideals through participation in campus activities and leadership. Its service spirit drives the organization to host fundraisers such as the annual bridal show and events such as Project Warmth, a homelessness awareness and fundraising initiative, and Girl Scout Day.
Sigma Society’s family atmosphere makes volunteering fun, Dunkin said.
“Essentially, we’re a service organization that’s tight like a sorority, and we get together and do a lot of other activities in Kansas City and St. Joseph,” Dunkin said. “I think you just get more opportunities when you’re in an organization and do something to occupy your time that’s good for the community.”
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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