Pilot Club celebrates Alabama Bicentennial at 27th annual fashion show

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Models hit the stage during the Pilot Club of Cullman’s “Stars Fell on Alabama” 27th Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon.  (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – A huge crowd came out Wednesday afternoon for the Pilot Club of Cullman’s “Stars Fell on Alabama” 27th Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon. This year’s luncheon celebrated the Alabama Bicentennial by honoring former Alabama first ladies from Cullman County.

Inaugural gowns worn by First Lady Jamelle Folsom, First Lady Helen Hunt and First Lady Marsha Folsom graced the entrance to the luncheon. Former Gov. Guy Hunt’s daughter Sherrie Hunt Williams was among the special guests.

Said Williams, who lives in Holly Pond, “I love it there. I was so honored that they asked me to be here today.”

Williams said of her mother’s gown, “I don’t know where mother’s first gown went to, but I know this was the second one for the ball. I have a special closet at home for mother’s clothes.”

Guests enjoyed shopping at booths from area vendors and lunch catered by Freddie Day prior to the start of the fashion show.

The fashion show, the Pilot Club’s largest fundraiser of the year, showcased trendy spring and summer fashions for women and men. Many local stores and boutiques provided models to show off today’s “must-have” fashion choices. Factory Connection, Belk, Options, Younique Sophistication, Jennifer’s Treasures, Book and Barrel Outfitters, Tre Bellezze, TJ Maxx, Better Than Before, Mr. Hick’s Menswear and Avenue Bridal participated in this year’s fashion show. Pilot Club member Susan Copeland emceed the event.

Throughout the show, many door prizes were given to lucky winners. More than 40 area businesses donated prizes, including eight grand prizes: a 1.38-carat diamond pendant from Doug Doggett Jewelers, a Panama City Beach vacation package from Abbott Vacation Rentals, one-year passes to Cullman Wellness and Aquatic Center, eyelash extensions from Loletah’s VIP Salon, Wal-Mart gift cards, Citizens Bank golf umbrella and gift card, and a rope pearl necklace from Ed White Jewelers.

The Pilot Light Home, which was the club’s first community service project, was recently renovated as the club searched for a new foster family. Pilot Club Member Peggy Harris was pleased to announce that a family has come forward and will be formally approved by the Pilot Club’s Board in the coming week. The Pilot Light Home serves as a safe home for children in the jurisdiction of the juvenile court.

The Pilot Club supports many programs including BrainMinders, Alzheimer’s Support Group, Field of Miracles, Margaret Jean Jones Center, Camp ASCCA and Project Lifesaver. At the luncheon, it presented a $2,000 check to Project Lifesaver, which the club described as “providing rapid search response for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia and other related cognitive diseases.”

For more information on the Pilot Club’s many community service projects and programs or to donate, visit www.pilotclubofcullman.com or www.facebook.com/cullmanpilotclub or email cullmanpilotclub@gmail.com.

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Inaugural gowns worn by First Lady Jamelle Folsom, First Lady Helen Hunt and First Lady Marsha Folsom graced the entrance to the luncheon. (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)
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