Verdi Club celebrates International Women’s Day

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

International Women’s Day was once again celebrated in Amherstburg.

The Verdi Club presented its tenth annual International Women’s Day celebration last Tuesday night with a large crowd in attendance. Master of ceremonies and committee member Anita Donofrio said March 8 is a day where gender equality is promoted and the accomplishments of women are celebrated.

“We come to celebrate the achievements of women throughout the world and across the nation,” she said.

The evening featured a dinner, entertainment and a fashion show, the latter featuring the fashions from Our Place.

The tenth annual International Women's Day celebration at the Verdi Club concluded with a fashion show, with the clothing being provided by Our Place Ladies Fashions.

The tenth annual International Women’s Day celebration at the Verdi Club concluded with a fashion show, with the clothing being provided by Our Place Ladies Fashions.

Members of the St. Thomas of Villanova Secondary School dance team performed with singer Brielle Laframboise also on hand to showcase her talents. A portion of the proceeds from the celebration were donated to Joy Laframboise, Brielle’s mother, who is currently undergoing treatment for acute lymphocytic leukemia.

Brielle said her mother was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 and was subsequently cleared of that after treatment. She was then diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia and is undergoing an experimental chemotherapy in Toronto with the hope that she will be able to get a bone marrow transplant in Hamilton.

“The donation really helps a lot,” said Brielle, adding that her mother is humbled by the support and the support being shown on her behalf.

Guest speaker Anna Vannelli, a lawyer and former General Amherst High School graduate, said she was honoured to speak at the dinner. She said she always received positive messaging growing up and that helped her in becoming a lawyer.

International Women's Day was celebrated at the Verdi Club last Tuesday with the evening including a performance by Brielle Laframboise. Part of the proceeds from the evening will go to benefit Brielle's mother Joy, who is battling acute lymphocytic leukemia.

International Women’s Day was celebrated at the Verdi Club last Tuesday with the evening including a performance by Brielle Laframboise. Part of the proceeds from the evening will go to benefit Brielle’s mother Joy, who is battling acute lymphocytic leukemia.

“Those messages were always ‘you can and you should’ and not ‘you can’t and you shouldn’t’,” said Vannelli.

Vannelli also outlined how culture and laws have changed over the years for women and that it has usually been a “balancing act” for her to juggle family and work. She said there was always guilt and second guessing for her when her children were growing up and she was balancing that with a career.

“Laws continue to evolve and some of that has been positive,” she said.

The evening also saw all women in attendance receive a free Alex and Ani bracelet courtesy of Alex and Ani and Precision Jewellers.

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