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Glitter and Glow event helps Fox Chapel Garden Club support community

Tawnya Panizzi
| Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Fox Chapel garden club chair Gail Murphy gets ready for their annual fundraiser, Glitter and Glow held at the Fox Chapel Golf Club.
Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Fox Chapel garden club chair Gail Murphy gets ready for their annual fundraiser, Glitter and Glow held at the Fox Chapel Golf Club.

The Fox Chapel Garden Club has created an easy excuse for a girl's night out with its annual fundraiser, Glitter & Glow.

There will be snacking, shopping and a temptation to splurge during the Dec. 4 event at the Fox Chapel Golf Club.

“It's a fun night to connect with friends and shop around for instant gifts,” said Gail Murphy, publicity chairwoman for the sixth annual boutique.

“All you have to do is pick up one of our spectacular wreaths and hang it on your door. These items are ready to go.”

Proceeds are funneled back into the community, said Wendy Mitchell, club president.

Last year, more than $17,000 was divvied between the St. Margaret Foundation's Garden of Hope, the Boyd Community Center and the Fox Chapel Parks Commission.

Members sort through a flood of requests at the beginning of each year, she said.

Founded in 1931, the club has about 45 active members who tend to community environmental needs throughout the year. Volunteers lend time to teach elementary students about wildflowers along the Trillium Trail. They also assist residents in planting community vegetable gardens like the one at the Cooper-Siegel Community Library branch in Sharpsburg.

“We work very hard to support all of the amenities that we love to use throughout the region,” Murphy said.

As a kick-off to the shopping season, holiday decorations and handmade gifts abound at the fundraising event that usually attracts a sell-out crowd.

Murphy, a garden club member for more than 20 years, donated a water- melon-themed straw bag for which she handcrafted a coordinating pocketed liner and dust bag.

“If you have someone that's hard to buy for, we have great holiday décor and other fine gifts,” she said.

Fox Chapel resident and co-chairwoman Barbara Laswell said the boutique provides a shopping venue with unique and imaginative gifts.

“The gift boutique features fresh green arrangements for instant holiday decorating as well as wreaths, bulbs-in-bloom, baked goods and other treats,” co-chairwoman Laura Dawson added. “They're perfect for hostess or teacher gifts, or perhaps for you.”

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or

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