LASS Luncheon ~ June 2, 2019
The 2019 LASS Benefit Luncheon & Fashion show was a great success! The weather cooperated beautifully with sunny skies and low humidity. The luncheon was held on the grounds of the historic Ivy Place farm in Van Wyck. Arriving guests enjoyed the beautiful gardens surrounding the huge white event tent. Ivy Place is owned by County Councilman Terry Graham and his wife, Genie. Terry was the first speaker at the luncheon, welcoming the crowd and telling a bit about their home, which was built in 1850. Terry also recognized LASS’s ongoing efforts on behalf of the county animal shelter. Next, Master of Ceremonies Bernie McLaughlin amused everyone with a few pet-themed jokes before introducing LASS President, Arlene McCarthy. Arlene spoke of LASS’s history and goals, and said that since its inception in 2013, LASS has contributed over $75,000 to the Lancaster County Animal Shelter. The luncheon’s most exciting news, of course, was the May 20th groundbreaking for the county’s NEW animal shelter. The next speaker, Councilman Larry Honeycutt, said that LASS advocacy was key in County Council’s decision to proceed with the shelter. It’s being built on Pageland Highway and construction is expected to take about a year.
Following the delicious lunch provided by Izzy’s Catering, LASS Vice President, Myrna Seropian moderated the fashion show. Six lovely SCCL residents modeled multiple outfits from The Southern Nest at Carolina Commons. Everyone was inspired by the fashionable clothes and perfect accessories.
Throughout the afternoon, a silent auction was held, featuring items donated by local vendors, the SCCL pottery club, local artisans and other generous individuals. Bidding was very competitive on the 30+ items, and all items were sold-- with 100% of sales going to the animal shelter.
Three grand prizes were raffled. A beautiful handmade throw and two dinners-for-two at the Pump House restaurant in Fort Mill. Winners of the dinner raffle will be taken to The Pump House in style by LASS member, Terry Henshaw, chauffeuring the lucky diners in her vintage Rolls Royce.
The LASS Luncheon/Fashion Show has become a much-anticipated annual event. This year, the luncheon raised over $16,000 for food, supplies, medical care, and spay/neuter services for the Lancaster County Animal Shelter. A fun afternoon for a great cause.