Country Friends spring membership luncheon

Country Friends spring membership luncheon

REGION — An afternoon of shopping, a fashion show, opportunity drawings, a savory lunch and enjoying the company of others was had at the Spring Membership Luncheon hosted by Country Friends.  Roughly, 100 guests attended the afternoon soiree at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa on May 7.

Every year, the membership luncheon is held in May and is one of the many fun events Country Friends presents.

“Everything that we make on this day will go towards all of our charities and all of our vendors who participate will give back 20 percent to Country Friends,” said Donna Ahlstrom, administrative coordinator at Country Friends.  “We are honoring all the ladies who give their time to come into the Country Friends Store and help with serving our customers to polishing the silver.”

All the workers at the store, Ahlstrom pointed out, are volunteers.

While guests checked in, attendees noticed a painted portrait of Jean Newman.  The luncheon was also a tribute in loving memory to Newman who was a member of Country Friends for 35 years, and also the consignment manager. Newman passed away in December.

The luncheon reminded attendees of their mission, their many thanks to the volunteers and members, and celebrating 60 years as a nonprofit organization.

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