The annual fundraiser is set for March 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel, 555 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Tickets are $45.
This energetic group continues to make a terrific difference in the community, concentrating on helping local nonprofits and charities. Whether it's the officers, the members or club supporters, or maybe a combination of all three, this group really delivers.
Last year, alone, the fashion show raised almost $19,000 for the USO Ontario. This year, proceeds will go to Megan's Wings Foundation, started by Upland mom Kim Savage whose brave little girl died of leukemia. Savage started the nonprofit in 2006 in order to help keep Megan's memory alive, but also to help families of children battling cancer.
The Upland-based nonprofit sponsors a yearly fall run/walk as a major fundraiser.
This year's race at McCarthy Park in Upland is set for Sept. 28.
The Uplanders organization began years ago, back in 1965, as a sort of Welcome Wagon program, seeking out those new to the city. During the years, the group has both grown and expanded still reaching out to newcomers but also providing numerous social activities in addition to fundraising.
And when it comes to fundraising, this group is very good at what it does. Tens of thousands of dollars have been raised and given back to the community. Each year, club members interview nonprofits wishing to be beneficiaries. Past recipients have included the Upland Animal Shelter, San Antonio Community Hospital and the Upland Public Library.
Kathy Kelcher is the club's philanthropic chairwoman. She spent 22 years working in retail sales so she doesn't shy away from asking for financial help or donations. Together, however, the club has come together for a bigger purpose.
"Personally, I've been on the receiving end of the care and support of the women in this group. And I've worked with them to help the community. They all really are special ladies," Kelcher said.
"We all share the same sense of responsibility and desire to want to help where and when we can."
Last year the club enthusiastically got behind the cause - the USO Ontario - and Kelcher said she expects the same spirit this year for Megan's Wings.
"The club asks nonprofits to submit proposals for our fundraiser. We had 16 this year, all good ones, but when we saw the Megan's Wings proposal, well, when you see the children this group helps and wants to help it just makes you think about your own children and be grateful they are healthy. The committee's decision was unanimous," Kelcher said.
Club president Mary Lou Horn couldn't agree more.
"What we want to do this year is try and make dreams come true. We want to try and help these individuals get the help they need. After all, that's what it's all about. If you make others happy you will make yourself happy, too," she said.
Club membership is open to the public. Dues are $20 per year. The Uplanders Club offers a whole range of activities to interest everyone.
"Of course we have a strong social tie-in. We have get-togethers, dinners, once-a-month luncheons. We have Bunco groups and we're just starting a book club. We certainly keep busy enough to stay occupied but there is plenty of time for members to do other things in their lives. We hope the community comes out to support the fundraiser so we can help those who truly need it," Horn said.
For more information about the Uplanders Club or its fundraiser, call 909-560-6912.