New Dominion Women's Club fashion show 2016

Derrick Swaak, Peggy Fox, George Sachs, Teri Bennett, Christina Girardi, Del. Marcus Simon, state Sen. Barbara Favola and Bill DuBose participated in the New Dominion Women's Club's seventh annual fashion show on May 1, 2017, at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Tysons. (Photo by Mitch Jones)

The New Dominion Women’s Club, held its seventh annual “Spring Fling Fashion Show, Luncheon and Raffle” on May 1 at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Tysons to support local charities.   

“It’s important to do good by supporting worthy causes,” said Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville). “It’s even better when you can do good and have fun at the same time. Today we are all doing good by supporting several worthy causes.”

The club donates moneys raised to local charities. This years recipients include McLean Project for the Arts, Safe Community Coalition, Share Inc. and the Falls Church/McLean Children’s Academy.

“These are truly very worthy causes and the funds raised will be put to good use making our McLean community an even better place to work, live and play,” Foust said.

Community leaders who served as models at the show included state Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31st), Del. Marcus Simon (D-53rd), WUSA9 reporter and anchor Peggy Fox, McLean Community Center executive director George Sachs, McLean Project for the Arts’ educational programs director Christina Girardi, Share Inc. board member Teri Bennett, District Financial Advisors managing director Bill DuBose and Derrick Swaak, chief operating officer/partner at TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.

The club added male models for this year’s show and held it at Fleming’s, which provided more space, upscale decor and delicious food, said former club president Carol Brunner.

“Every year we change things just a bit to keep the show fresh and interesting,” she said.

The fashion show is the club’s signature fund-raiser each year.  

“We try to bring the community together to support our local charities,” said club president Alina LeMay. “We really appreciated the willingness of our  models to help.”

The fashion show’s committee included Elizabeth Bertholon, Carol Brunner, Anne Deger, Kitty Gonzalez, Alina LeMay, Mary Ann Miller, Ignacia Moreno, Joan Murray, Jennifer Salopek and Desi Woltman. Club member Sherri Heile and Plants & Flowers of McLean donated flowers for the show.

The organization began in 1968 when eight women formed the Junior Women’s Club of McLean. The group restructured in 1975 and its members voted in 1991 to become a general club under the Virginia Federation of Women’s Clubs. The group then renamed itself the New Dominion Women’s Club.   

The club chose to focus its projects on arts, conservation, education, health and home life. It was approved as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2001 and has been honored by the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce as a top volunteer organization.

The McLean-based club promotes, encourages, supports and cultivates the civic, cultural, educational and environmental welfare of the community through volunteer service and financial contributions, all the while providing an opportunity for fellowship among women.

The club is accepting new members. For more information, visit www.ndwc.org.

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