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Hospice guild’s fashion show is set for Nov. 3

Ginny Alessio (from left); her granddaughter Madisyn Serr; Alessio's daughter-in-law Darci Serr model some fall fashions.  |  Supplied

Ginny Alessio (from left); her granddaughter, Madisyn Serr; and Alessio's daughter-in-law, Darci Serr, model some fall fashions. | Supplied photo

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What: Joliet Area Community Hospice Guild “Puttin’ On The Glitz” fashion show

When: 11:30 a.m. Nov. 3

Where: Renaissance Center, 214 N. Ottawa St., Joliet

Tickets: $55; call JACH at (815) 740-4104

Updated: November 21, 2013 6:35AM



The Joliet Area Community Hospice Guild will present its annual style show, “Puttin’ On The Glitz,” on Nov. 3 at the Renaissance Center in downtown Joliet, according to a press release.

The fashion show is in its 26th year, and Jeanette D’Arcy and Jean Streitz — chairs since its inception — are grateful for the community’s support.

“Joliet Area Community Hospice has helped thousands of people in Joliet live life to the fullest right up to the very end,” D’Arcy said in the release. “The surviving families served by hospice have been our strongest supporters, because they have seen first-hand the compassion and dedication of the staff.”

According to the American Cancer Society, the number of Americans with a history of cancer is growing due to the aging and growth of the population, the release said. JACH focuses mainly on palliation care of the terminally ill while also attending to the patient and immediate family’s emotional and spiritual needs, the release said. Not only does the organization serve clients at the home on 230 Water Stone St. but also in clients’ homes.

JACH executive director Rick Kasper said the guild saw a need 26 years ago for a fundraiser to fill gaps in state funding. With the help of guild members and the community’s backing, they have been able to make a major difference.

“I have never seen a more dedicated group of women,” he said in the press release. “Often all I have to do is put the word out that the hospice home needs something and it is taken care of immediately.”

Hansen’s Villa, 395 S. State St., Manhattan, again will present the fashions.

“Betty Hansen has always given us the inspiration we need to kick off the season,” Streitz said. “She never fails to delight us with her fashions that make each and every one of us look stylish.”

Hansen said that confidence is key when wearing new trends.

“Take a traditional piece you love, pair it with a trendy top or bottom with pizzazz and design,” she said. “Add some pop with a new colorful clutch or hat and you are ready to make a stylish entrance.”

Staff report



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