The members of Longview’s Zonta Club are hoping the economy will rally enough for more than one kind of old-fashioned success. The club will be holding its 37th annual antique show and sale March 4-6 at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center, with admission just $10. Club member Jessica Lawrence can hardly wait.
“We’re hoping this is our best year ever,” she said. “This is our major fund-raiser of the year with all the proceeds going back into the community to support non-profits helping women and children.”
Lawrence pointed out how Zonta also Without Prescription sponsors scholarships so local youth can further their education.
Although the antiques are the main draw the affair will also feature more delectable attractions.
“We’ll be serving lunch with sandwiches, pasta, chicken spaghetti, taco salad and a wide variety of pies,” Lawrence said.
The pies are especially popular. Some come straight from ladies doing the cooking in the convention center’s kitchens, while others come from area bakeries. There are chocolate pies, coconut cream pies and pies made from a broad assortment of fruits.
The antique show is Zonta’s latest effort in its long history of assisting less fortunate women and children. The membership is comprised of self-sufficient women working in a variety of professions, and these members come from across the nation and more than sixty foreign countries. The Longview chapter was founded in the 1970s by real estate broker Mary Belle Hughey, who sought to advance camaraderie a
mong professional women to the benefit of all women and children.
The antique show and sale is the Longview chapter’s primary fund-raiser. Although club dues go to the international organization’s coffers, profits from the show and sale stay in East Texas to help locally.
The club has worked hard to assist and support such worthy causes as the Longview Habitat for Humanity, the Women Center of East Texas, the East Texas Literacy Council and various non-profits that strive to improve the lot of women and children. Lawrence wants to make sure everyone who hears of the club understands its mission.
“The future development of children needs to begin with the mothers or women in their lives. Some women and mothers do not have the knowledge they need about cooking, cleaning and educational studies,” she said. “Children need guidance, and Zonta Club helps by educating these women and improving them and their children’s lives. Children need guidance. I once heard, ‘It takes a community to raise a child.’ That is true and this is why we are inviting the whole community to this year’s annual event.”
The show’s exhibitors will converge in Longview from several states, bringing such items as furniture, old books, jewelry, porcelain dolls and other fascinating mementoes from the past. Last year’s show peddled this merchandise until it raised $18,800 in grants and scholarships. $10,800 of this went to local non-profit improvement agencies while scholarships got $6000. For more information on the club or the show please contact Lawrence at (903) 720-4471 or firstname.lastname@example.org.