Three volunteer for ‘Extreme Makeover’ at Expo
“Sometimes a good man is hard to find,” laughs Linda Steinhauer, one of the Women of Worth committee members.
She is referring to the fact that her group tried to find a man willing to be part of their ‘Extreme Makeover’ event, at this year’s Women’s Expo – and failed to do so.
“Last year we had three women who were part of our first-ever makeover, and it was a big hit,” she says. “We thought it would be fun to have a man as part of the group this year.”
But, no man was willing to step up to the plate and volunteer, she says.
Twelve women did apply to be part of the makeover, however.
“It was a very difficult choice, to get the 12 down to three, but we did it,” says Sonja Willmert, another member of the committee.
The three are; Emily Stein, of Walters, Patti Paulsen, of Armstrong, Iowa, and Bonnie Groskreutz, of Wells.
“It is interesting that all three of our choices are exactly 20 years apart in age,” Willmert says.
Stein is 36 and is the choice for the 20-39 age category. Paulsen, 56, represents the 40-59 age group, and Groskreutz, 76, is the selection for the age 60 and older category.
Stein works at the First Bank in Kiester. She and her husband Doug have one child, Madyson, a first-grader.
“Emily had her home hit by the tornado of last summer,” Steinhauer says.
Paulsen and her husband, Gerald, have four adult children, and three grandchildren.
She is not currently working outside the home, but is planning on starting a home-based business, Steinhauer says.
‘“Patti is a wonderful cook and baker,” she says.
Groskreutz and her husband, Gerald, live in the country outside of Wells. They are retired dairy and crop farmers.
“Bonnie has seven adult children, and a lot of grandchildren,” Steinhauer says.
The three women volunteers have already begun their makeovers.
“We started last week with the color analysis, and working on makeup,” Willmert says. “We also took them to Enderson’s in Fairmont, where they had help picking out some nice new outfits. From there they went to J.C. Penney’s for shoes.”
All of the items are gifts to the three women, from the Women of Worth group.
The three women will also be treated to haircuts, styles and color. They also have full photography sessions scheduled with Kim Cossairt of Cossairt Photography.
When it comes time for the Women’s Expo, on Saturday, Nov. 6, there will be a grand unveiling of their ‘new look.’
That unveiling will happen at 11:30 a.m.
This is the sixth year the Women’s Expo has been held, but only the second time it will feature the extreme makeover.
This will also be the second year for another special event at the Expo.
“We are again partnering with Kids Against Hunger, and will help sponsor their work at the Expo,” Willmert says.
The Kids Against Hunger group, along with help from school groups and the Kiwanis Club, plan to pack 15,000 meals in Unity Hall on the day of the Expo.
“Our main focus is still on raising money to be donated to Faribault County Domestic Violence projects.
“We started the Expo as a way to raise funds for victims of domestic abuse,” Willmert says. “There is still a great need for this work.“
One way they help domestic abuse victims is to gather personal care items to give to victims.
They do this by making the cost of admission lower if a person brings a personal care product to donate.
“The actual admission price was $4 last year, and it would be $5 this year,” Steinhauer explains. “However, you save a dollar if you donate a care product, like lotion or shampoo.“
Plus, this year the group has an anonymous donor who is donating $3 towards every admission, if the person brings in a personal care product.
“That means, if you bring a donated gift, your admission to the Expo is just one dollar,” Steinhauer says. “That is quite a bargain.“
For the price of admission, Expo attendees will be able to visit over 50 booths of vendors representing many different services and products.
There also is wonderful food, the organizers say. Julie Stevermer, of Bricelyn, is in charge of the food.
Plus, there is the entertainment, which includes the ‘revealing’ of the Extreme Makeover volunteers, and a special program.
“Our featured speaker is Jill Krieger-Swanson, of Zumbro Falls,” Willmert says. “She also was here last year, but she has an all new program for this year’s Expo.“
Krieger-Swanson will speak about how to “Simplify your Closet.“
She also leads the Extreme Makeover project, advising the three women on coloring, clothes and makeup.
“It is really a wonderful, fun day,” Willmert says. “Of course, the highlight is the unveiling of the three makeovers. Last year, they were pretty dramatic and we expect the same thing this year.“
Other committee members of the Women of Worth group, besides Willmert and Steinhauer, are Marcia Milbrandt, Kristin Travis, Kim Cossairt and Kathy Johnson.
“We are always looking for others who would like to help us with this effort,” Willmert says. “Just give one of us a call if you are interested in helping.”