Warm House Fashions Heat Up The Runway

Judy Kramer
County Reporter
About 60 people participated in the Spring Fling Fashion Show on May 2, at the Warsaw Senior Center. It was coordinated by volunteers at the Warm House and Senior Center, and most of the models were volunteers and employees from those organizations. They modeled a variety of formal and casual ensembles, provided by the Warm House, that were on sale for as little as $1 an item. Proceeds from this fundraiser are being divided between the two sponsors.
“The portion of funds that will go to the Senior Center will be used to help defray the cost of meals served in the Village Café, and for exercise equipment,” said Sue Ann Mische, Center volunteer who organizes and teaches exercise classes and helps with fundraisers. “Donations are accepted for meals, but some seniors cannot always afford to give much.”
The show began with a short speech made by Phil Moore, President of the Warm House Board. He explained the mission of the Warm House and reported that the organization had given thousands of dollars in energy aid during 2018.  He also said that $9,000 in scholarships would also be provided this year, and that funds raised by Spring Fling would be used for energy aid and emergency food. Margie Hetherington, who manages the senior food program also spoke about meals at the Center and those delivered to seniors at home.
Mische acted as moderator during the show. She has organized the fashion show for the past three years, and this is the first year that the Warm House has taken part in hosting the event. Senior Center volunteer, Charlene Green, organized the first fashion show four years ago, and also took part in the planning this year.
The audience sat at dining tables in the Village Café while the models appeared from a door at the back of an adjoining room that was opened up for the show. As the models emerged, they walked on a flower-strewn path that was lined with potted plants.  Models began the show with some dignity, but in no time at all some began sashaying around, twirling scarves or pretending to be playing golf. Red-headed Rozella Holm, never known to be shy, announced to the crowd that she “had shaved her legs,” for the event so she would look her best in some of her leg-revealing outfits. One of her outfits was an Annie Oakley/Calamity Jane skirt and top with a cowgirl hat, and she later appeared in a beachy turquoise outfit with a large straw calypso hat. Dee Locke wowed the audience with black slacks and a black “biker” jacket emblazoned with a glittering skull. Even her black purse had a skull on it. A couple of male models posed in casual summer wear and golfing sweatshirts. 
There were nine models from the local area. They were Jene Heaps, Margie Hetherington, Norma Ard, Dee Locke, Nick Soviero, Jody Borgman, Lynn Dotson, Bruce Herdman, Rozella Horn and Debby Trent.
Attendees had the opportunity to buy clothing that was worn by models, or could select from a rack of other Warm House clothing that was provided during breaks. The Warm House also had miscellaneous knick-knacks for sale, and numerous glass vases of flowers, potted flowers and plants were given out as door prizes. A light lunch buffet was provided plus a large variety of cookies and iced tea.
The event was popular with the mostly senior crowd who paid $5 a ticket to attend. Some expressed surprise that the Warm House had such high quality clothing at low prices. Karen Dodd, who takes exercise classes at the Senior Center said that everyone was very friendly and it was a nice show.
“It was a lot of fun and there was a good selection of clothes for people of all sizes,” said Maureen Lane of Warsaw.
More entertainment is planned soon at the Senior Center. The biggest fundraiser of the year for the Center is “The Voice,” and it is scheduled to take place on June 22.