My first letter to the editor is necessitated by my pleasure in reading the generous article and photographs describing a most successful fundraising event titled "Unboxed Wedding Memories," sponsored by the women of P.E.O. Chapter GQ in Lincoln, with over 600 attendees at St. Mark's United Methodist Church. The 10 vendors, an enthusiastic audience, music, and a well-planned program with a 20-minute intermission, which divided display of the gorgeous vintage wedding gowns from the second-half theme dresses, made for an entertaining afternoon. Imagine getting at least 60 gowns fitted for this display! Huge project.
The main joy was seeing the smiles of the "brides" and the very young attendants who performed beautifully without a misstep. These young people will always remember this event, as will I with my 80- to 90-plus-year-old friends who accompanied me. It was Lincoln at its best. It just shows what women can accomplish with courage, purpose and a can-do spirit. P.E.O. is a quiet organization, but in its 150-year history since 1869, it has come a long way in support and encouragement for women. This superb event and the purpose for which it originated, in providing educational scholarships to deserving women with the $10,000 gift, will inspire other chapters to support many more women in years to come.
Our compliments to the Lincoln Journal Star for its coverage in its Neighborhood Extra section. It was just filled with happy celebrations and festivals in Lincoln and surrounding areas! Thanks for our hometown paper!
- Alice M. Dittman, P.E.O. Chapter AI