STRONGSVILLE – Spring fashion brightened up the long winter with a show for local ladies March 8.
For the 22nd year, the Strongsville Historical Society hosted its spring luncheon and fashion show at Don’s Pomeroy House. This year’s event welcomed a sold-out crowd. Including volunteers, nearly 240 people gathered together for the cause.
Each year, the historical society puts on the event as a fundraiser, as well as a way to welcome guests into one of the city’s historic landmarks. This year, they anticipated raising about $7,000 for the historic village.
The proceeds will be used to fund the Roe-Chapman barn restoration project and the interior repairs to the Roe-Chapman House – the original buildings on the village grounds. The Roe-Chapman House is from 1904, and the barn is from 1909. With the help of this fundraiser, they will have some much-needed repairs, while staying true to the time period.
In order to raise the money, the historical society sells tickets to the springtime event. During the event, raffle tickets are also sold. Patrons can win donated gifts such as restaurant gift cards, flower arrangements, gift baskets, spa gift certificates, Cleveland Indians tickets and more.
“We have a lot of support from local businesses. The raffle prizes are always nice, and their generosity really helps us out,” said Pam Hughes, event co-chair.
It also helps that the event was completely sold out. Guests enjoyed lunch on both the main and lower level of the Pomeroy House. During lunch, volunteer models showed off the latest spring fashion from Chico’s and answered questions about what they were wearing.
“The fashions are beautiful and the food is good. The ladies love to come every year and just enjoy themselves. It’s become a tradition for many of them,” said Gina Cathcart, co-chair.
The staff of the Pomeroy House always does the food and the service. As a historical landmark itself, the house is the ideal backdrop for the event. Several years ago, the historical society helped get the building on the National Register of Historic Places. The group has worked with the owners of the building to preserve the history, which dates back to 1847.
“I’m not sure we’d be here without the historical society,” said Dan Stroemple, general manager. “As long as they want to do this here, we will do everything we can for them.”
Coming up next for the historical society is the Founder’s Day program on March 25, on the topic of 19th and 20th century women in Strongsville. The village will open for tours beginning April 16. Tours will be available on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m., through Oct. 18.