Glam it up; Local leaders, Miss Mass. USA in spotlight for North Andover Women's Club fashion show

JAY PAIVA/Courtesy photoNorth Andover Women’s Club president and town Selectwoman Rosemary Smedile is escorted onto the stage for last year’s club fashion show. Smedile will be returning to the runway for this year’s show.

It’s never too early to go a little glam.

The North Andover Women’s Club jump-starts the festive season next week with its annual fashion show built around the theme of Holiday Glam.

The stylish evening is set for Friday, Nov. 2, at The Stevens Estate at Osgood Hill in North Andover.

The North Andover Women’s Club is more than 80 years old, club treasurer and fashion show chairwoman Joan Tetler said, and holds spring and fall fundraisers every year.

Last year’s fashion show fundraiser turned out to be the group’s most successful event ever, Tetler said, which convinced them to hold another one this year.

This year’s fashions are being provided by shops that are all located in Andover, North Andover and Middleton, and include Dino International Furs, Dani Kaye Boutique, Chicos, and Make It Yours! Boutique for women, while men’s fashions will be supplied by Joseph A. Bank.

Celebrity guest model Miss Massachusetts USA 2018 Allissa Latham of Lowell tops the list of those who will be striding down the runway.

But Latham will not be alone in modeling fine fashions from local merchants, because she will be followed by more than 20 leaders from the local community, all helping to raise money for the club.

“We meet once a month,” Tetler said. “We raise funds for scholarships for North Andover High students. We also have fundraisers for needy causes within town, and we’ve done many of them.”

The models will include North Andover Selectwoman Rosemary Smedile, who is also president of the North Andover Women’s Club.

She will be joined by Arielle Garufi, who manages Salem Five Bank on Route 114 in North Andover, and Sonya Vartabedian, managing editor of features and magazines for the North of Boston Media Group, which publishes The Eagle-Tribune and The Andovers magazine.

Author Elizabeth Daigle, who wrote “3 Olives & a Twist” and “Musing Mediterranean,” will take to the catwalk, where she will be joined by North Andover businesswomen Tracy Peters, Eva Hamori and Mary McIleney.

The group of female models also includes Marion Donahue, senior branch manager at Pentucket Bank in North Andover; Rosemarie Connolly of Connolly Financial Advisors; and Kimberly Mollica with Arbonne Cosmetics.

The lineup of male models starts with the chiefs of North Andover’s police and fire departments, Charles Gray and William McCarthy, respectively.

They will be joined by John Rizza, who has practiced dentistry in North Andover for 25 years, and Paul Tanglis, basketball coach of North Andover High School’s Scarlet Knights.

Also representing North Andover will be Greg Gilligan, superintendent of schools, and Steve Nugent, director of guidance.

Steve Nugent, pilot and owner of Eagle East Aviation, will fly down the runway, where brothers Mike and Matt Davis — a police sergeant and a firefighter — will also appear.

Firefighter Rob Crane will also participate in the fashion show, along with E.J. Foulds, a lieutenant in the North Andover Police Department.

“Steve Casey will serve as the usher that helps the gals up on stage, then he’s also going to model,” Tetler said of Casey, who is the principal analyst at Forrester Research in Cambridge.

Tetler said her committee is grateful for the more than 50 individuals and businesses that have made contributions to support the evening. Joining Tetler as committee members are Carol Balmas, Diane Casey, Catherine Callagy, Ann Conte, Cheryl Gillen, Linda McHugh, Nancy Petrucci, Sarah Gurule and Kim Mollica.

The venue seats about 150 people. Food will be provided by Good Day Café and Van Otis Truffles, both North Andover businesses. Two signature cocktails will be featured, along with the hors d’oeuvres.

“One is called an Apple Passion, it’s apple cider and champagne, and the other one is called Candy Cane Martini,” Tetler said. “It’s all about the holiday theme this year.”


What: Holiday Glam Fashion Show, fundraiser sponsored by the North Andover Women’s Club

When: Friday, Nov. 2, 6:30 p.m.

Where: The Stevens Estate, 723 Osgood St., North Andover

How much: Tickets $50

More information: Call Carol at 978-618-8924.