September 25, 2008

Unique Boutique Creations Will Benefit Lee’s Friends


Princess Anne

Most folks use salad bowls to serve salad. Not Joyce Williams .

The cancer survivor and former secretary turns them into colorful wall hangings, along with scalloped-edged mirrors attached to the bottoms and hangers made of decorative beads.

The Lago Mar resident will sell her bowls and other one-of-a- kind creations at the second annual Unique Boutique Oct. 27 - 28, to benefit Lee's Friends, a local nonprofit .

"Our volunteers provide transportation, emotional support and resource referral to cancer patients, all free of charge," said Carol Olsen , executive director.

Williams, 62, discovered a lump during a routine mammogram in 1992 and, soon after, underwent surgery followed by about six months of chemotherapy and radiation.

Having the support of family and friends during that difficult time was essential, said Williams, who is in remission.

She said the experience helped her decide it was time to focus on her love for gardening, raising butterflies and making unique creations she calls "my funky art."

Williams is among more than 30 exhibitors in this year's event, which is larger than the first and in a more spacious location, Olsen said.

Items will include hand -painted cheese boards, sterling silver glass dangle bracelets, and melted bottle trays and bowls made from wine bottles. Handbags, skin-care products, jewelry, children's clothing, luggage, pottery, antiques, linens, tableware, fresh herbs, home decor items, jams, jellies and plenty of holiday gift ideas also will be featured.

Nancy Ruszas , who cared for her 83-year-old mother, who died of cancer in August, contacted Lee's Friends for assistance.

"It's a wonderful supportive organization of caring people, Ruszas said. "The caregivers need support just as much as the people going through cancer."

A Christopher Farms resident, Ruszas participated in the first boutique and will be back this year with her Pampered Chef business.

She described the show as a high quality, enjoyable event with a good variety. "Fun for a group of women," she said.

Monday evening will feature a wine and cheese reception; coffee and doughnuts will be served Tuesday morning.

Proceeds are derived from a percentage of sales and, Olsen said, they hope to surpass the $3,000 raised last year.

" We try to come up with fun and innovative ways for the community to help raise money for a good cause," she said.

Cindy Butler Focke, [email protected]


What Unique Boutique to benefit Lee's Friends

When 4 - 8 p.m. Oct. 27 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 28

Where Memorial Hall at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 7400 Hampton Blvd., Norfolk

Cost Free admission

Info Call 440-7501 , e-mail [email protected] or visit

Originally published by Correspondent.

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