60 years of style at Wittenberg

Scholarship show will mark anniversary in May.

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How to go

What: 60th Wittenberg Guild Scholarship Style Show

Where: Wittenberg University’s Benham Prince Student Center Dining Room

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21

Admission: In advance, $30 for adults, $15 for ages 12 and younger; day of show, $35 adults, $18 ages 12 and younger

More info: 937-327-6405 or svandiford@wittenberg.edu

Some things never go out of style, such as Hollywood legend Audrey Hepburn and her classic film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Neither does the Wittenberg Guild Scholarship Style Show. The annual fundraiser in Springfield will celebrate six decades with the theme “60 Sparkling Years” when it returns on May 21 at Wittenberg University’s Benham Prince Student Center Dining Room.

The event is highlighted by a fashion show, brunch, silent auction and raffle. Funds raised go to help Clark County students attend Wittenberg.

While the fashions may change and hemlines go up or down year to year, what has been consistent at this event is its intentions and loyalty of the attendees.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for women to get together,” said Wendy Ford, a Wittenberg graduate and longtime Guild member who is chairing the show a second time. “We have a very diverse audience that spends enjoys having fun and helping students.”

Organizers turned to the timelessness of Hepburn and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” as style reminders that fit neatly with the landmark anniversary.

“She was such a style icon, and we thought that would be a fun theme,” Ford said.

Wittenberg graduate Patrice Croci, the vice president of Media and Events at fashion company Express has arranged for a variety of Express clothing to be showcased in the style show.

The fashions will be modeled by Wittenberg students and longtime Guild supporter Denise Moody.

Other styles will be courtesy of Mallia Salon and Day Spa.

Amy McGuffey will be mistress of ceremonies, and Wittenberg interim president Dr. Dick Helton will also attend.

Men are welcome as always, as several will model, including Matt Croci, a Wittenberg grad and the school’s assistant director of athletics and assistant basketball coach.

Ford said to expect a variety of items donated by local businesses at the raffle and silent auction, which kicks off the event along with a social hour at 10 a.m.

“Local businesses have been great and supported us so much over the years. I just can’t say enough about them,” she said.

The “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”-themed brunch and style show will follow at 11:30.

Ford also stressed while there this is always fun, the main idea is to raise funds so area students can someday also become Wittenberg graduates.

“It all started at Wittenberg for a lot of us, and I feel kids can get a good education and career here,” she said. “Many people have attended these over the years, and we are very grateful to the community to help our local students attend Wittenberg.”