The Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Employee Appreciation Day Luncheon at the Connoquenessing Country Club was attended by over a hundred employees, including administrative professionals, executive assistants and others who are, according to Chamber Executive Director Lori Hilliard, “The backbone of every successful business; the gatekeepers for business owners and the individuals who keep our member businesses running smoothly on a day to day basis.”
The invocation was given by Norina Owners, founder of Women of Faith International and an ordained minister of the Independent Assemblies of God International. She is a part of the Ellwood City Ministerium and was appointed the first female chaplain in Ellwood City. In July of 2010, Norina received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Endtime Ministries International Bible University in California.
The luncheon included a steak and chicken salad bar, vegetables, beverages and a selection of homemade desserts. During the luncheon, Genine Brooks, owner of A Bella Boutique and Classy Cat consignment shops, emceed a Fashion Show featuring outfits and accessories from both boutiques. Six local models wore outfits ranging from career separates to special event outfits and casual, weekend apparel. A Bella Boutique and Classy Cat carry upscale clothing, shoes and accessories in sizes from petite to 3X for the discerning woman. The fashion show models were Michelle Pogozelec, Kim Conti, Sharon Gruitza, Samantha Brewer, Macenzie Fullmer and Tracie Yautz.
Models in evening wear with A Bella Boutique & Classy Cat owner Genine Brooks in pink.
The Chamber gave away over fifty door prizes donated by various businesses, including beautiful gift baskets, bottles of wine, designer purses, potted plants and gift cards. There was also a 50/50 raffle with the winner receiving over $125 in cash.