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YWCA’s annual Holiday Showcase to open Friday at the Trolley Center

November 13, 2011
By KATHLEEN KOCH, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

The YWCA will be holding its annual fundraiser - Frosty and Friends Holiday Showcase -Friday, Saturday and Nov. 20 at the Trolley Center in Fort Dodge.

Festivities will kick off Friday with a Chamber After Hours from 5-7 p.m. including beverages and hors d'oeuvres by Chef Michael Hirst and the Iowa Central Community College culinary students.

"The YWCA Holiday Showcase is a great way for people to get together downtown, enjoy holiday decorations and some delicious treats. It's also a wonderful way to raise funds for very worthwhile causes,"?said Amy Bruno, executive director Fort Dodge Area Chamber of Commerce said.

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-Messenger file photo
Sharon Neumann-Lee helps arrange holiday items in the gift shop for the 2010 YWCA Holiday Showcase in the Trolley Center in downtown Fort Dodge. She is the gift shop chairwoman for this year’s Frosty and Friends Holiday Showcase, which kicks off Friday at the Trolley Center.

Ann Davidson, executive director of YWCA and one of the planners for the Frosty and Friends Holiday Showcase, said they have expanded the concept to be even larger this year.

"We are having a large reception and opening event on Friday night followed by activities all day Saturday. We've invited vendors from Market on Central to set up on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. giving patrons twice the reason to stop by and get in the holiday spirit. There will be activities for children as well, so bring the little ones along," said Davidson.

Saturday afternoon there will be photos with Frosty from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a Yule Festival with Frosty at 5 p.m. In the evening; a pasta bar will precede the live auction. There will be items to bid on directly as well as silent auction offerings. The event will wrap up on Sunday with a style show, Sweets and Style with Frosty. The silent auction will close on Sunday afternoon after the style show and winning bidders will be notified.

Fact Box

If you go:

What: Frosty and Friends

Holiday Showcase annual fundraiser for the YWCA; includes a Chamber After Hours, auctions, shopping opportunities

When: Friday, Saturday and Nov. 20

Where: Trolley Center

"This is the largest fund-raising event for the YWCA, and all proceeds support our homeless shelter for women and children. This event wouldn't be possible without the exceptional effort of so many individuals,"?Davidson said. "Gift Shop Chair Woman Sharon Neumann-Lee and Showcase Chairman Sally Kraayenbrink have done an exceptional job of organizing and orchestrating what I am sure will be a weekend to remember.

"We are also grateful to all the people, organizations and businesses who assist through donations, as designers and as patrons. We couldn't do it without all the help we receive from our community," she said.

Tickets will be available for Showcase events throughout the weekend. For more information; contact Dennis Baugh at 573-3931, ext 212, or go to

Contact Kathleen Koch at (515) 573-2141 or



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