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Wittenberg Guild Celebrates $1 Million In Fundraising While Preparing For Annual Style Show

November 13, 2010  
 Filed in Arts and Culture

Springfield, Ohio – After reaching the $1 million plateau over 70 years of fundraising efforts to support Wittenberg University, the Wittenberg Guild hosts its signature fundraising event, the 55th annual Scholarship Style Show, on Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Courtyard by Marriott-Downtown Springfield.

Titled “Hats Off to Women,” the 2010 Scholarship Style Show includes a social hour and a silent auction with a food theme. Members and friends of the guild and local businesses have donated all the auction items.

“Our theme is a tribute to women of every age who work, volunteer, nurture their families and make invaluable contributions to their communities at every stage of their lives,” said University Liaison to the Wittenberg Guild Linda Himes.

The Wittenberg Guild includes women who are Wittenberg alumni, faculty and staff members, as well as friends from the Clark County community. Through the years, the organization has raised funds for campus landscaping, sculptures and artwork for the student center, renovation of the Ann Miller Gallery in Koch Hall and pianos for Krieg Hall.

The organization promotes Wittenberg and utilizes its educational resources to enrich the local community. Its major objective is to provide scholarship support to students from Clark County who plan to attend the university.

“We believe that many young people in our community have the talents, experiences and skill to succeed at Wittenberg, and our goal is to help make a Wittenberg education accessible to these students,” Himes said.

Founded during the administration of Wittenberg President Rees Edgar Tulloss by local church women in 1940, the local guild was one of 16 chapters throughout Ohio and nearby states. Today, Springfield, Ohio, is home to the only Wittenberg Guild.

In 1956, Martha Rodgers established the Annual Benefit Style Show, which led to the creation of The Wittenberg Guild Martha Rodgers Scholarship Fund in her honor in 1989.

Although no tickets will be issued, space is limited to the first 250 people who register. Cost for the event is $25 for adults and $10 for children under the age of 12. Wittenberg faculty and staff members can attend for the reduced price of $20.

To make reservations, contact the Wittenberg Office of University Advancement at (937) 327-7432. Send checks to The Wittenberg Guild, c/o Linda Himes, P.O. Box 720, Springfield, OH 45501.

Written By: Amber Reyes ’11 and Phyllis Eberts

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