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Perham's Court St. Rita holds successful 'Minnesota Nice' Style Show

The fundraiser, held Oct. 30 at St. Henry's Catholic Church, was the group's 52nd annual event.

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Court St. Rita members Dianne Rohde-Szarke and Leanne Stoll served as emcees of the court's 52nd annual Style Show fundraiser. (Contributed / Perham Focus)

The stage decorations at St. Henry's Catholic Church on Oct. 30 carried out the 'Minnesota Nice' theme of this year's Court St. Rita's Style Show, with fresh pine boughs, fresh pine trees and birch trees lining the stage, along with a fire pit to remind the crowd of evening campfires. Tables were decorated with birch logs, tied with buffalo plaid ribbon and greens for accent. Many members of the court wore buffalo plaid shirts to add to the festivities.

Regent and Style Show Chairman, Dianne Rohde-Szarke, welcomed guests to the charitable group's 52nd annual event. She introduced visiting members from other courts and thanked them all for their support for the annual fundraiser.

The Style Show raises funds for many charities selected by Court St. Rita's. Businesses contributed over 90 door prizes and silent auction items this year, making the fundraiser a success, according to a news release.

Deacon Richard Quistorff, court chaplain, gave an invocation at the show, and blessed the food for the brunch. After brunch, attendees were encouraged to check out a silent auction and Dollar Chance bags. Door prizes were distributed.

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Leanne Stoll, court recording secretary, was the emcee for the show, introducing the models and their fashions. Perham stores represented were Dot and Minnie's, Level III, Nadine's and North Threads.

Sigrid Winjum, a local court member and former longtime teacher at St. Henry’s Catholic School, previewed next year's Style Show theme, "School Days," by bringing props like an eraser, ruler etc. that she once used in her classrooms. Next year's show is planned for Oct. 29, 2022.

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