CWC fundraiser features popular outfit accessories


Chautauqua Women’s Club will hold the “Open Your Purse and Take Off Your Tie” fundraiser Wednesday at the Athenaeum Hotel. Photo by Michelle Kanaar.

Lori Humphreys | Staff Writer

The Chautauqua Women’s Club fundraiser “Open Your Purse and Take Off Your Tie” is from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Athenaeum Hotel. It is a summertime-song-singing fun kind of fundraiser. The song “Buttons and Bows” somehow lends itself as a theme song. Just substitute “purses and ties” for “buttons and bows” and sing along.

East is east and West is west, And the wrong one I have chose, Let’s go where I’ll keep on wearin’ those frills and flowers and purses and ties.

The silent auction and sale of 250 donated purses and many ties features a wonderful, almost architectural Judy Lieber evening clutch covered in Swarovski crystals. Other purses by recognized  designers such as Coach, Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade, Tommy Woods, Tommy Bahama and Salvatore Ferragamo are included.

“Someone said purses are ‘the eyebrows of an outfit,’ ” said Gail Gamble, fundraiser chair and CWC member.

There will be ties of varying widths reflecting the fashions of different decades. There will be ties with a pedigree, sporting Johnny Carson and World Wildlife Fund labels and ties designed by Pierre Cardin and Geoffrey Beene. Gamble said that there are no bow ties, but there are formal options.

There is an ironic synergy between the purses and ties.

“I made a purse out of old ties,” said Kirsten Rice, CWC hostess.

Donations of purses and ties are welcome until the day of the sale. For details, call the Clubhouse at 716-357-9225. Donations are accepted in the Clubhouse.

Fundraiser proceeds support the CWC scholarship, programs and facility.