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Daffodil Lunch to help homeless moms

Tickets are now available for WINGS’ 15th Annual Daffodil Luncheon, March 26. The event will  feature award-winning master photographer Rosanne Rainville, who will talk about the art of photography. The benefit event will begin at 11:30 a.m. in Seacobeck Hall, the University of Mary Washington’s staff dining room.

Rainville, a Spotsylvania resident, will explain how she creates portraits that celebrate life through the art of photography, portraying ordinary people as the “extraordinary human beings they are.”  Rainville also donates her time and talent to the “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation,” providing infant bereavement photography at no cost to families experiencing early infant loss.

All proceeds from the Daffodil Luncheon will benefit Mary’s Shelter, which provides housing and support to pregnant women in crises situations within our community. The organization operates three shelters in downtown Fredericksburg that can house a total of 10 women plus their children. Mary’s Shelter residents can stay for up to six months after their babies are born. The shelter’s goals are for each mother to have a healthy pregnancy, a healthy baby, and a smooth transition to independent living.  Kathleen Walsh, executive director of Mary’s Shelter, will accept WINGS’ donation and discuss the organization’s activities.

Cost for the event, which includes lunch and the popular annual raffle, is $35. Doors will open at 11:15 a.m., with mimosas and music by Kathleen Lisagor preceding the program. To reserve seats, send checks by March 19 to WINGS, P.O. Box 3084, Fredericksburg, VA  22402.  For details, call 540/373-1965.

WINGS (Women in the Giving Spirit) is a non-profit fundraising group that is open to all women who are interested in working together, serving our community by helping eligible organizations and families in need.

For more information on Mary’s Shelter, click here.

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