"Welcome the Holidays"

The Garden Club of Johnstown will "Welcome the Holidays" Nov. 10 with a fundraiser at Sunnehanna Country Club in Westmont. Darlene Wissinger (left) is chairwoman of the event and Sheri Lowry is president of the club.

A popular holiday event is set to blossom in Johnstown.

The Garden Club of Johnstown will hold its 28th annual “Welcome the Holidays” fundraiser beginning at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 10 at Sunnehanna Country Club, 1000 Sunehanna Drive, Westmont.

This year’s theme is “Holiday Magic.”

“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” said Darlene Wissinger, event chairwoman.

“The monies raised will be used for our civic beautification projects at 19 sites in the Johnstown area, horticultural therapy at several local assisted living and nursing homes, Habitat for Humanity, conservation, youth gardeners, scholarships and a biennial flower show.”

Before lunch, which will begin at noon, guests will have an opportunity to browse educational exhibits, where they can learn how to take care of winter flowers, including a Christmas cactus and poinsettia, and how to make a holiday kissing ball with fresh greens.

There will be ideas on how to set a holiday dinner table.

Following lunch, Mary Lou Colussy, a member of the Patton Garden Club, will present “Magical Centerpieces for the Holidays” and make several displays from household items.

“Two of those centerpieces will be door prizes,” Wissinger said.

A fashion show featuring holiday styles will be hosted by Gold Rush Diamonds & Boutique of Ebensburg.

Seven members of the garden club will serve as models.

Raffle items will include $100 money and lottery trees.

There also will be a 50/50.

“Because of the great success last year, we are offering three Glamour Galore raffle packages – Michael Kors, Night on the Town and Fashion/Jewelry,” Wissinger said.

“Each of these packages is valued at more than $300.”

All items have been donated by local businesses of garden club members.

There also will be a holiday treasures table with gently used items available for purchase.

The fundraiser attracts as many as 250 guests annually and is sold out each year.

“It’s a very upbeat and fun day,” Wissinger said.

“We hope people will join the garden club. We’re always looking for new members, and we hope they will get good ideas on how to enjoy their holidays by using the tips we give them.”

Founded in 1930, the club’s works have included annual and special projects to advance gardening, landscape and floral designs and the study of horticulture.

The club’s projects can be found throughout the Greater Johnstown region.

They include beautification of the gazebo in Central Park in downtown Johnstown, Johnstown Flood Museum, Sandyvale Memorial Gardens and Conservancy, Russell House in Moxham, the Inclined Plane parklets in downtown Johns-town and Westmont, Roxbury Bandshell and the Memorial Flame at Sargent’s Stadium at the Point.

“We’ve been maintaining these sites for many years,” Wissinger said.

Tickets for “Welcome the Holidays” luncheon are $40 per person and must be reserved by Nov. 1.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 814-266-9269 or 814-467-4432.

Kelly Urban is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. She can be reached at (814) 532-5073. Follow her on Twitter @KellyUrban25.

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