Stylishly and Socially Making a Difference

Story by Graham Pilotte

Photos by Bill Wine

Fashion and fundraising make a dynamic combination, as The Queen’s Daughters well know. Their spring fashion show, now in its 56th year, is a major fundraiser for the Louisville-based group.

“The Queen’s Daughters is a Catholic women’s service organization that’s 102 years old,” explains Barbara Klump, publicity chair for the Queen’s Daughter’s and co-chair of the fashion show. “We primarily raise funds for the Mother-Infant Care Program of Catholic Charities and scholarships for students in Catholic high schools.

“We have about 300 members, all from different parishes throughout the Archdiocese,” Klump continues, further clarifying that the group also has non-Catholic women members. “Our dues are $30 a year, and we have three meetings annually. Then we have two fundraisers – a fall card party and the spring fashion show.”

The fashion show is certainly something to see. “It’s our biggest fundraiser,” Klump says. Hosted at the Olmsted on March 20, tickets are just $50 for lunch and the fashion show. “The theme this year is ‘Lunch at Tiffany’s.’ We tossed around ideas, and somebody threw out ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s,’ like the old Audrey Hepburn movie,” Klump says with the smile. “It’s an adaptation of that idea.” She’s planning for plenty of Tiffany Blue and sparkles throughout the event.

“This is the 20th year that Jo Ross has produced the show,” Klump says. “She’s a fashion expert known to a lot of people in this city, and we’re really proud of our partnership with her.” Fashions used in the show will come from various stores in the Oxmoor Center and Mall St. Matthew’s, and will feature Derby and Easter apparel as well.

“We open the doors at 11 a.m.,” Klump says, “and we have all kinds of basket raffles – different themes like books, gardening, UK and UofL.” Lunch follows at noon. “We’ll have table decorations – a wine glass with pearls and a glitzy ring and the Tiffany Blue color. The lunch is going to be a hot brown and the dessert is a cheesecake in a martini glass.

“After lunch, we go straight into the fashion show,” Klump continues. “There’s music from a DJ, and he emcees the show.” Most of the models will be familiar faces to the crowd. “People get really excited to see their friends and family members on the runway,” Klump says. “It moves pretty quickly, and then we draw for prizes at the end of the day.” Capital prizes this year include a Kate Spade purse filled with gift cards and a trip to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.

Overall, Klump encourages women to get involved, either through supporting the fashion show or The Queen’s Daughters. “It’s a wonderful place to meet other women – you can be social there, but you also work towards helping other people and doing service,” she says. “We’re always looking for new ideas and new enthusiasm, and our primary goal is to help others.” VT

The Queen’s Daughters Spring Fashion Show

11 a.m. March 20

The Olmsted

For tickets, call Margaret Reinhart at 502.425.5517 before March 10