OVBPW begins event planning

Wine and shoe fundraiser April 17 at St. Francis Centre

PLANNING UNDER WAY — During their monthly meeting held Tuesday evening at Leonardo’s Coffeehouse in downtown Steubenville, the Ohio Valley Business and Professional Women begin planning for their annual “Wine and Shoe Extravaganza” fundraiser, which will be held April 17 at St. Francis Centre in Follansbee. Discussing details were, from left, Nicole Adamski, vice president; Mary Lou Jones, secretary; Phyllis Riccadonna, president; and Julie Decker, treasurer. -- Janice Kiaski

STEUBENVILLE — The Ohio Valley Business and Professional Women kicked off the second half of the 2019-20 club meeting year with a Tuesday evening meeting held at Leonardo’s Coffeehouse in downtown Steubenville.

The dinner meeting included a presentation by member Renee Pastre, employment specialist with the Jefferson County Board of Developmental Disabilities, as the organization continues with its “Getting To Know You” theme of programs. Members have been taking turns sharing about themselves and their careers as one facet of the group includes networking.

Led by President Phyllis Riccadonna, the meeting also included discussion and planning for the club’s annual “Wine and Shoe Extravaganza” fundraiser, which will be held April 17 at St. Francis Centre in Follansbee.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. for the event that includes heavy appetizers and wine, a Chinese auction, door prizes and a shoe competition where three prizes will be awarded for the best shoes, based on audience voting.

Tickets are $25 and available by contacting Riccadonna at (740) 317-3868. Sponsorships also are being sought.

The evening also will include voting for Woman of the Year honors with the nominees to be announced in the coming weeks. Eight area women selected by the OVPBW will be contending for the popular vote title.

“It’s a night of fun, prizes and much laughter with a grand celebration of fabulous women in the valley, saluting their contributions to the area and helping others,” Riccadonna said.

The event generates money for the group to award a traditional scholarship; a scholarship for a nontraditional student; and a Nike Club scholarship. The Nike Club is a Steubenville High School organization mentored by the OVBPW.

Membership in the OVBPW is open to area women interested in joining. Annual dues are $40.

This club year marks the 100th anniversary of BPW, the mission of which “is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information.” Objectives include elevating the standards of women in business and in professions; promoting the interest of business and professional women; bringing about a spirit of cooperation about business and professional women of the United States; and extending opportunities to business and professional women through education along the lines of industrial, scientific and vocational activities.”

The club’s next dinner meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 at the Salvation Army of Steubenville, located at 320 N. Fourth St., Steubenville. For reservations or to join, contact Riccadonna by phone (740) 317-3868 or by e-mail to phyllisr66@aol.com.


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