Women's Groups Kickoff Holiday Season with Fundraisers

By Susan Thompson

Two events sponsored by two local women’s organizations will be held in early December, with proceeds going to scholarships for Panorama students.

First up is the Women’s Service Organization (WSO) ham ball and salad luncheon on Friday, December 1. For more than 30 years, this event has been recognized as the beginning of the busy holiday season.

On Sunday, December 3, the Women for Panora’s Future (WFPF) will sponsor a Christmas home tour, featuring four Lake Panorama homes decked out for the holiday season. The first WFPF home tour was held in 1978. 

The WSO luncheon, which begins serving at noon, is held in the St. Cecelia Catholic Church basement. As guests arrive, they can purchase raffle tickets and sign up for door prizes. Tickets are $12, with only 125 available this year. The meal includes a served ham ball and roll, then attendees go through a buffet line to choose from a large selection of salads made by WSO members.

Many of the guests stay to play card games after lunch. Tickets can be purchased from any WSO member. Or contact Mary Kay Hamilton at 755-2290, or stop in the Panora Library during open hours.

Proceeds from this annual holiday luncheon make it possible for WSO to provide a $500 scholarship to one Panorama High School graduating senior each year. That scholarship can be renewed annually for up to three years. So in most years, WSO is providing $2,000 in scholarship money to four Panorama graduates.

On December 3, the four homes on the WFPF Christmas home tour will be open 1 to 4:30 p.m. This is a come-and-go event, with participants visiting the homes in any order and any time during the open hours.

Home addresses and directions will be provided when tickets are purchased. Two homes are on Lake Panorama’s east side. Damon and Chaille Crandall live on Tie Road, and Reid and Cindy Strahan live on Panorama Drive. Two homes are on Lake Panorama’s west side. These are owned by Shawn Briggs and Jay and Faith Elder

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance from any WFPF member, Panora Library, Panora State Bank, Guthrie County State Bank, or at the 40th annual Holiday Boutique Craft Show November 25 at the Panora Community Center and Vet’s Auditorium. 

Tickets also will be available the day of the tour at the Panora Community Center, where there will be complimentary refreshments, raffle ticket sales, and the opportunity to sign up for door prizes.

Proceeds from the home tour are used to provide two $500 scholarships each year to a Panorama High School graduating senior.