Writer / Julie Yates On Thursday, December 3, Assistance League® of Indianapolis will host “Wondrous Winter Wishes,” their annual Holiday Luncheon and Style Show. This fundraising event has become a holiday tradition for many ladies in the greater Indianapolis area. Members, friends, mothers and daughters look forward to this festive celebration that starts the holiday season. As in past years, the Holiday Luncheon and Style Show will be held at the Ritz Charles in Carmel. The room, which is usually filled to its 500 person capacity, will be decorated with dazzling, sparkling shades of winter white. Jo Craig, Carmel, and Jane Williams, Indianapolis, are co-chairing the event. Along with their committee, they have been overseeing preparations to make it an exceptionally enjoyable day for all attendees. “It’s a time of camaraderie and friendship but also a chance to let people know about Assistance League’s® programs and an opportunity to raise funds for the children and adults we serve,” explained Williams. Craig added, “Members and their guests look forward to kicking off the holiday season with the opportunity to give back to our community and make winter wishes come true for so many.” The day will begin with a silent auction filled with many unique items. Participants will be able to bid on baked goods suitable for holiday entertaining, children’s items, decorative holiday offerings, college logo objects, gift cards and festive gift baskets. A Mystery Wine Bid will bring to the silent auction the opportunity for bidders to take home premium bottles of wine wrapped in beautiful winter wine bags ready for gift giving. In addition, a tree decorated with over $500 worth of local area business and restaurant gift cards will be raffled off. The Secret Ingredient, an Indianapolis boutique, will again sponsor a style show with clothes modeled by representatives from the agencies, senior facilities and schools that Assistance League® serves through its philanthropic programs. There will also be the chance to do a bit of holiday shopping. Clothing and accessories will be available for purchase from The Secret Ingredient. Kits & Kaboodle Classic Toys will be on hand to offer a selection of children’s games and toys. Attendees can enjoy themselves even more with the knowledge that proceeds from the Holiday Luncheon and Style Show benefit children and adults that Assistance League’s® programs serve. Operation School Bell®, the largest of the organization’s programs, has provided new school clothes and supplies to qualifying children in the Indianapolis area for 32 consecutive years. This year, over 3,000 students from the Metropolitan School Districts of Lawrence, Pike, Washington and Warren as well as Indianapolis Public Schools will benefit from the program. When asked about the large amount of preparation needed for such an event, Craig responded, “Planning for the Holiday Luncheon is such a pleasure when you have enthusiastic committee members who are committed not only to the success of the event, but more importantly, who are passionate about the philanthropic programs it helps support.” Besides the hard work of members, community backing is important to the success of the occasion as well. CarDon & Associates of Indianapolis have stepped up to be a sponsor of the event. To learn more about the philanthropic programs of Assistance League® of Indianapolis and to make reservations for the 2015 Holiday Luncheon and Style Show, please visit alindy.org.