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Assistance League plans fashion show fundraiser

October 13th, 2021 development
Assistance League plans fashion show fundraiser


An organization of volunteers that helped thousands of East Valley schoolchildren this year despite the pandemic is gearing up to celebrate this achievement at a fashion show and luncheon.

The Assistance League of East Valley has scheduled its Friends and Fashion luncheon at noon Oct. 24 at the Holiday Inn in Chandler, 1200 W. Ocotillo Road.

League members will model clothing from Judy Wear Boutique and hold a silent auction for an array of items, many of which make ideal holiday gifts.

Judy Wear Boutique, 950 E. Riggs Road, Chandler, boast ladies wear that is “fun and functional.”

The nonprofit hopes others from the community will join its members to learn more about the organization and consider joining their efforts as it marks its 25th anniversary.

“Looking back at all we’ve been through this year, and all the wonderful things we’ve still been able to accomplish, we want this to be a fun, casual event with a spirit of celebration,” said Marsha Calhoun of Chandler, the chairperson for the event.

“We support so many different areas, and have so many diverse projects we’re passionate about, that there’s something for everyone in this group,” Calhoun said.

The Assistance League provided clothing and supplies for over 9,000 elementary school children this year in Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Queen Creek and Tempe.

Members also supplied 575 homeless teens in Gilbert and Chandler with clothing, shoes, hygiene items, food, bus passes and academic support.

Volunteers delivered over 5,000 assault survivor kits to local agencies, and currently are providing regular social events for two adult daycare centers. They awarded 13 college scholarships this year.

“With the help of a county grant, the group was able to achieve all this despite having to close their thrift shop for part of the year and limit its hours of operation,” a spokeswoman noted.

The nonprofit says on its website that it “assesses the unmet needs of the community and addresses these needs through its programs, which are evaluated annually and adjusted when necessary.”

Its philanthropic programs are funded by events such as the luncheon as well as by individual, corporate and foundation donations.

The Assistance League Thrift Shop, at 2326 N. Alma School Rd. in Chandler, is now open Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The silent auction will include jewelry; golf, and goat yoga packages; tickets for the Phoenix Suns and a Gammage theater production; and certificates for specialty floral items and DJ services.

Tickets are $50 and are available at the Thrift Shop or at

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