St. Anne’s Ukrainian Catholic Church is hoping to show off its most recent fashion upgrade.
After years of fundraising, the North Kildonan church, located at 35 Marcie St., installed a large stained glass window in its choir loft earlier this year. The window faces the recently-extended Chief Peguis Trail, and parishioners hope to install lighting to help show it off to passersby on the high-traffic artery.
"We hope to have this stained-glass window available for all the people that are driving down Chief Peguis Trail," said church office administrator Jane McCarville. "We do need it illuminated, and we are investigating special lighting. That’s why we’re fundraising, so that everybody can see it, not just us parishioners."
The window was installed in memory of parishioner Dean Peristy, a young parishioner who died in 2006. Peristy’s parents, Don and Virginia, got the ball rolling by starting a fund, but it eventually went dormant. Fr. Mark Gnutel revitalized the project when he came to the church in 2010, and the window was installed this winter.
To help fundraise for the lighting, the church is hosting a fashion show on Fri., May 24 at the church at 7 p.m.
Ten models have signed up to show off the latest fashions from Nygard, while entertainment will also be provided by a quintet from Miles Macdonell Collegiate.
As well, members of the Knights of Columbus will look sharp, as they will serve wine while wearing their full regalia.
"(We hope to) attract every stylish woman in North Kildonan, East Kildonan, and abroad," said McCarville.
McCarville said River East MLA Bonnie Mitchelson has confirmed her attendance.
Tickets are $20 and can be procured by calling McCarville at 204-667-9588.
Co-organizer Barb Pichlyk said if the show nears its $5,000 goal, it may return in the future.
"We’re hoping to make it a yearly thing," she said. "If it is a success, we’ll make it an annual fundraiser."
Another fundraiser the church will hold is its perogy supper on May 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the parish hall. Borscht and sausage are also available, so prices vary depending on a visitor’s desired meal. Funds raised will go into the church’s general coffers.