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100 Good Women’s annual accessory exchange set for Sunday

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Volunteer group 100 Good Women is hosting its annual accessory exchange this weekend. The fundraiser is one of the nonprofit’s major sources of funding. 

“For this particular event, people bring their accessories they don’t want anymore to donate, and we put them out and sell them for $1 apiece,” said Louise Pennewell, a board member. “It’s eclectic. You can pick up something cool from the ’70s, and there are things that are new with tags.” 

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Accessories will be displayed during the event, set for 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 at Douglas County Fairgrounds Building 21.

People can pick through the jewelry, purses, shoes, hats, scarves and belts, then stick around and mingle. There will be a social area with chocolates and wine, and people can chat with new faces and familiar friends, Pennewell said. 

“It’s fun to see everybody, and it’s great that our members and people from the community donate so many items,” Pennewell said.  

As a local nonprofit, 100 Good Women often helps families and women who are starting over, or transitioning out of homelessness or domestic violence situations. They also help cancer patients by providing gift card assistance for gasoline, and food to make accessing medical treatment easier. Locals started the nonprofit in 1996 to fill in gaps and provide services other agencies weren’t yet fulfilling. 

“We try to fill the cracks between other services,” Pennewell said. 

You don’t have to donate to participate Sunday, but you can drop off accessories between noon and 2 p.m. Don’t forget to check pockets — group members have found IDs, gift cards and cash stored in donated purses. 

The fundraiser will also feature a basket raffle. Raffle ticket prices are 25 for $20; 6 for $5; or $1 apiece. Get a sneak peek at the baskets on the nonprofit’s Facebook page.

Anyone wanting to volunteer can shop early as they set things up. To volunteer, you can send an email to maggie@100goodwomen.org to express interest. 

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