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Altrusa steps out in style once again

On April 10, models will feature the latest spring fashions to benefit local charities during the Altrusa International of Ames’ Steppin’ Out Style Show. (Photos courtesy of Altrusa)
On April 10, models will feature the latest spring fashions to benefit local charities during the Altrusa International of Ames’ Steppin’ Out Style Show. (Photos courtesy of Altrusa)

In April, Altrusa International of Ames will once again bring spring and bling to Ames through its charming Steppin’ Out Style Show (SOSS)—and will once again leave the community better than they found it.

The fourth annual SOSS will be held on Thursday, April 10, at Oakwood Road Church, 2400 Oakwood Road in Ames. Doors will open at 6 pm, with the style show starting at 6:30 pm. Models will sashay down the runway in fashion and accessories graciously provided by CJ Banks, Tres Teal, Lyla’s, Moorman’s and Ayden Lee.

“The Steppin’ Out Style Show combines all of my favorite things—fashion, food, friends and fundraising for a good cause!” says MaryJune Jackson, Altrusan and event co-chair with Judy Zunkel and Susan Randall.

Proceeds from this year’s SOSS will support Youth and Shelter Services, Ames Community Preschool and Food at First.

“Food at First is excited and honored to be one of the recipients of this year’s Altrusa event,” says Christian Martin, Food at First director. “Organizations like Altrusa make it possible for Food at First to continue to serve the people in our community. In 2013 we served over 35,000 people with groceries, in addition to the over 25,000 meals in our meal program.”

The SOSS is one of two successful fundraisers the organization hosts annually. Altrusa’s beloved Holiday Home Tour just celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013 and has raised more than $120,000 since its inception.

“As a club, Altrusa International of Ames only had one major fundraising event every year before the style show was created in 2011,” says Jackson. “With the style show we get one more opportunity to help quickly, to spread the word about our community’s needs and to raise funds for these great organizations in the Ames area.”

“The women that belong to Altrusa International of Ames are a diversified group that respond to any project, big or small, and are always ready to tackle what might come before us at our meetings,” adds co-chair Judy Zunkel. “The SOSS is just the icing on the cake—everyone is willing to work together and have fun while doing it!”

The 2013 SOSS proceeds were divided between Heartland Senior Services and the Story County Freedom Flight. Freedom flights are one-day trips provided for WWII, Korea and Vietnam veterans to visit their respective memorials in Washington, D.C. The 2013 flights, four and a half of which were paid for through Altrusa funds, were particularly poignant due to unforeseen circumstances taking place at the time.

“Last year’s flight was also on the day that the government shut down!” says Renee Twedt, Story County treasurer. “Our veterans made history by helping to move the barricades in order to see all of the memorials.

“For some, this is finally the closure they need,” she continued. “They all carry a heavy burden and this has helped in many ways. A huge ‘thank-you’ to Altrusa for their generosity in helping the veterans of Story County!”

Appetizers, door prizes, raffle tickets and a live auction will nicely round out the evening’s events. “As an avid Cyclone fan, I’m eager to see which autographed basketball goes for more, ISU’s or Iowa’s!” says Jackson, sharing a preview of the live auction items. “Either way, it goes towards three very worthy organizations, so it’s a win-win.”

Mary Kay’s Flowers and Gifts and any Altrusa member will have tickets available for purchase, which are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. For more information on SOSS, contact MaryJune Jackson at 763-772-8460 or maryjunejackson@gmail.com.

Altrusa International of Ames meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., YSS Jacobson Center, 420 Kellogg Ave. in Ames. For more about the organization, send an email to altrusaofames13@gmail.com or check the organization out on Facebook.

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