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Holiday Boutique to Benefit Local Charity

Altrusa Presents Unique Gifts for Holidays

DALLAS, TX—September 19, 2008—Altrusa International, Inc. of Dallas presents its fourth annual Glitterati Holiday Gift Boutique on Sunday, October 26, 2008 from noon to 5:00 p.m. The boutique will take place at Tiferet Israel Synagogue, 10909 Hillcrest Road in North Dallas. This event is an opportunity to get a head start on Christmas and Hanukkah shopping while benefiting a great cause.

The Glitterati Holiday Boutique sets itself apart from other citywide gift fairs because of the unique quality of merchandise for sale. Altrusa International of Dallas prides itself on bringing in true artists with handmade items. Each vendor is handpicked from a variety of applicants so that the shopper is guaranteed the best possible selection available. Local artists and craftspeople will be on hand to sell their wares. Jewelry artist Lili Feingold of North Dallas, chair of the fundraiser, says, “Shoppers regularly comment on the exceptional diversity of merchandise.”

Dallas Altrusans are thrilled to welcome several exceptional vendors this year, highlighting their “Art for a Cause” theme. Featured will be Batwa Baskets, handcrafted by the Batwa pygmy tribe in southwest Uganda; Short Supply’s artistic creations of children with autism; and Feral Friend’s novel pet items. First-time Glitterati vendor and South Side on Lamar resident Elizabeth Anyaa from Sierra Leone, West Africa, will be exhibiting extraordinary handcrafted textiles and clothing.

Handmade apparel items include jewelry, clothing, knitted goods, designer handbags, shawls, tunics, and hand-woven textiles from Guatemala. For wall décor, there are watercolor and oil paintings, charcoal prints, photographic art, and wreaths. Other artistic pieces are wood carvings and turnings, fused glass, pottery, ceramics, art glass, carved birds, and felt art. There are children’s items, animal art and pet supplies, bejeweled housewares, hand-painted silk, Judaica, rocks and fossils. Rounding out the selection of handmade treasures are soaps, bath products, stationery, pewter hardware, and African baskets.

Shopping will be accompanied by music from Cheryl Keen of Balch Springs and Ellen Heffner of McKinney. Both are accomplished pianists and members of Altrusa of Dallas.

Established in 1928, Altrusa International, Inc. of Dallas consists of a group of dynamic professional women committed to hands-on community service in the Greater Dallas area. With an international focus on literacy, Altrusa of Dallas helps those in need by providing school uniforms to underprivileged children, building a library at a juvenile center, and renovating rooms at a day care center for homeless children.

An annual tradition, the Glitterati Gift Boutique is the club's main fundraiser, earning valuable funds for yearly service projects which include D.U.N.K. (Dallas Uniforms for Needy Kids), The Vogel Alcove, Letot Center, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, SPCA Pet-O-Meals, Our Friends' Place, City Park Elementary School, and Refugee Services of North Texas. In addition, Altrusa provides a variety of annual scholarships for students in law, nursing, and pharmacy programs.

Admission to the Altrusa Glitterati Holiday Gift Boutique is free and open to the public. Members will be on hand to share information about the club. Snacks and beverages will be for sale and live music will accompany the shopping.

About Altrusa—Perhaps the best-kept secret in the community service world, Altrusa International is a global organization of professionals who dedicate their time and energy in service to their local communities. There are more than a dozen Altrusa Clubs in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex alone—the Dallas Club is the Metroplex’s oldest women’s service organization. Each Club is independently chartered by the international organization and chooses its own service focus, but the organization’s primary targets are literacy and international relations.

Altrusa has a rich history. Built on a set of 12 “Principles of Altrusa” written in 1921—the first of which is “Altrusa is a builder of women”—Altrusans boast dynamic, groundbreaking women like Eleanor Roosevelt among their membership. There are 380 Clubs and more than 10,000 Altrusans in 18 countries around the world.

Learn more about Altrusa International by visiting, and about Altrusa of Dallas at For more information about the Glitterati Holiday Boutique, please contact Lili Feingold,

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Shelley and Lawrence Traub of North Dallas display her jewelry creations at previous Glitterati Holiday Boutique.

Carolyn Hollingsworth of Plano and Carolyn Rash of Garland examine gifts at Glitterati Holiday Boutique.

Shoppers enjoy the variety of handmade items at Glitterati Holiday Boutique.

Karen Wise of Carrollton and Sandy May of Wylie shop for bejeweled housewares.

Pianist Cheryl Keen of Balch Springs provides music for 2007 Glitterati Holiday Boutique.