BY KELLY ARDIS Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
A cheetah-print purse with matching accessories. A coffee pot with coffee and baking mixes. Three different Christmas-themed gift sets, including one with a music box.
Of the 50 or so baskets to be raffled off at the Woman's Club's Festival of the Baskets Saturday, there's not a single dud, said Deniece Jones, head of the club's ways and means committee.
Festival of the Baskets
When: 11:30 a.m. Saturday
Where: Bakersfield Woman's Club, 2030 18th St.
Admission: $30; $20 children
"We have great baskets this year," Jones said. "I'm so proud. We've had a really good turnout so far."
Throughout its 10 years of existence, the Festival of the Baskets has grown from 30 baskets the first year to 52 baskets last year, Jones said.
"Every year gets bigger and bigger," she said. "It gets a little more fancy, (and) more elegant every year."
What's stayed the same, though, is the good time it provides for generations of women, Jones said.
"It's a nice day to relax and spend time with friends and family. It's a family deal; women bring their daughters or granddaughters for enjoyment and relaxation."
Attendees will enter to win the basket of their choice by placing a ticket into the bag in front of that basket. Six tickets cost $5.
The baskets will be raffled off after brunch, served by Mossman's Catering, and a fashion show from local boutiques, including Sugardaddy's, Victoria's and Jezabelle's. Emcees will be Erin Briscoe and Lauren Titus, of KERO-TV, Channel 23.
Due to the venue's size, tickets to the event are limited: 280 adults and 20 children.
The children might not care too much for a purse stuffed with beauty goodies or a variety of coffee, but fear not: no child will go home empty-handed, Jones said. Their names will be called to come and collect their winnings, which range from stuffed animals and coloring books for younger kids and water colors and toys for older kids.
"Every kid who comes will win a basket," Jones said. "There is at least $20 (worth of items) in each basket. Everyone's a winner."
The Festival of the Baskets is one of the club's largest fundraisers each year.
The proceeds will go to scholarships and charities including the Salvation Army, Ronald McDonald House and Marley's Mutts.
"The thing about Bakersfield is, in a group of 300 people, you'll know one of them," Jones said. "There was a group last year; they knew each other from Arvin and had the best time reminiscing and talking."