by Rose Mary Ranallo
The Women’s Division of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian American hosted its 44th scholarship dinner and fashion show on April 25. Titled “Puttin on the Ritz,” the event was held at the Drury Lane Oak Brook.
Chairman Carmela Capriati and her committee truly put on a show with glitz and glamour. The room was filled with feathers, top hats and shimmering candles.
Everyone waited in rapt anticipation for the raffle drawing, which featured more than two-dozen baskets valued at over $100 each, plus a Grand Prize of $5,000.
Twenty-one boutique vendors showcased their purses, jewelry and clothing, which made for a wonderful shopping experience for our guests.
The fashion show directed by Tracy Tarrentino of ZZAZZ productions was spectacular, with up-to-date fashions from local and the world designers.
Guests were entertained by Anthony Rago, as well as “Marylyn Monroe,” who of course sang “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.”
Thanks to the generosity of donors, the Women’s Division was able to give five young Italian-American ladies graduating from high school with GPAs over 5.0 scholarships totaling $10,000.
The Women’s Division is proud to continue with their mission of helping young Italian-American women continue to pursue college educations and be our future leaders.