During a January 6th luncheon hosted at The Gallery, media representatives were introduced to Designing Women’s new President, Ida Zito, a founding member of the group and a dedicated volunteer who regularly serves on the sales floor. Just prior to the event, Ms. Zito was also recognized by ABC 7 as one of the Suncoast’s Amazing Women.
Other key leaders and officers presented at the luncheon include:
· Tim Self – Board Member
· Pamela Day – Executive Director
· Linda Gross – Board Member Ermeritus
· Jean Weidner Goldstein – Founder and continuing CEO
A major topic of discussion at the luncheon was the group’s plans for significant growth, including expanding its presently owned 4,000 square foot facility in downtown Sarasota to include the purchase of additional square footage. This addition is necessary as the group looks to increase its involvement in estate liquidation and estate planning, and perhaps add a tea room and an art gallery. They recently completed their five-year plan and are in the process of developing a new one to guide the next five years. Group leaders are enthusiastic about the fundraising successes of their Ambassador Guild and Designing Daughters, and they are considering a potential re-branding campaign to better illustrate their charitable nature and range of business activities. The organization is well known for its consignment merchandise, as well as new and vintage fashion, art and home furnishings.
About Designing Women
Designing Women Boutique & Estate Services was established in 2002 as a way to create an ongoing revenue stream to benefit the community and local non-profits. Since its founding, the group has donated more than $1.5 million in merchandise and grants to over 50 area charities. The boutique sells consigned, donated and new women’s fashions and accessories, as well as an extensive inventory of home furnishings. They also offer a full concierge service in their Estates and Downsizing division. In addition, the group sponsors a series of special events throughout the year to generate funds for its grants program. Events planned for 2014 include a gala at Selby Gardens, a Mad Hatter cocktail party, and various fashion shows.
Designing Women is located at 1226 North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Store hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 941-366-5293 or visit online at www.DesigningWomenBoutique.org.