By ANN MORRISON

The Post staff writer

Many ladies in Strongsville know that spring is near when the Historical Society hosts its annual spring luncheon and fashion show. This year marked the 20th anniversary for the event, which was held March 10 at Don's Pomeroy House.

The event packed the historic restaurant, as has become part of the tradition. About 200 people enjoyed lunch, fashion, prizes and the chance to get out with friends and family. They filled the main restaurant as well as the Pub on the lower level and ultimately helped raise money for the historical society.

Many of the women in attendance come year after year for a nice afternoon out and to support the mission of the group.

"They come out every year because it heralds spring," said Pam Hughes, event chair. "They love it. It's always a good luncheon and a good fashion show, and it's a great time of year to have this type of event."

For the fashion show portion of the event, volunteers modeled spring clothing trends from Coldwater Creek. This year's models were Alice Frawley, Eve Hawk, Vicki Maloney, Tina Naso, Debbie Perciak, Jennifer Sinisgalli, Shannon Southworth, JoAnn Thomas and Mary Ann Walsh. Their hair and makeup were done by the staff at Today's Headlines Salon.

Throughout the lunch, guests had the opportunity to win a variety of raffle prizes, including things such as spa services, restaurant gift certificates, floral arrangements, Cleveland Indians tickets and more. All of the prizes were donated by local businesses and community members. To provide entertainment, Jessica Firing, a student at Baldwin-Wallace College and Strongsville High School alumna, played the violin.

Hostesses were Jan Bernard, Mary Hastings, Pam Hughes, Carole Maatz, Sylvia Pakish, Ginny Rios and Jean Wittrock. "Celebrity" male ushers Bob Russell, Dale Finley and Marty Shaw seated the ladies. Their presence was a special addition for the 20th anniversary of the event.

"This is always very well received. I get calls from people to buy tickets starting in December. People love the venue and it's become a tradition for them to come out year after year," Hughes said.

At the end of the day, the group anticipated raising about $6,500. That money will go toward a new high-efficiency heating system in the Lathrop House in the Strongsville Historic Village.

The village will open up to the public for tours starting April 25. It will remain open through the spring and summer months.

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