SUMMIT, NJ - Giving back to the community is always important, especially during the holidays, but for the Fortnightly Club of Summit it is a year-round effort. On Wednesday afternoon, they relaxed, ate, drank, shopped and schmoozed as they held their annual Holiday Luncheon at the Twin Maples House.
According to its website, “the Fortnightly Club of Summit is a women’s club dedicated to volunteerism, fundraising, community service and outreach.”
About 60 people attended the event and vendors Tous Jewelry, Nantucket Gift Company, Chanel Saks Fifth Avenue from Short Hills Mall and Cookies and Cartwheels were all there hoping to help people with their Christmas shopping.
President of the organization, Terry Andrews got involved 18 years ago to meet people and volunteer in the community. She has enjoyed her time with the club and said the luncheon is always fun.
Andrews said they try to get new retailers each year and there is always a good turnout.
“We are a philanthropic organization,” she said. “We are trying to raise our membership. Everyone has a nice time.”
Tous Jewelry has been in existence since 1920 and is based out of Barcelona, Spain. They make necklaces, earrings, fragrances, sunglasses, handbags and ties and are known for their trademark bear, which is on everything they sell.
They have several locations throughout the country and had representatives from their Garden State Plaza store at the event. They attended the luncheon last year and sales representative Elvira Romero said they enjoy participating in Fortnightly Club events.
Five years ago, Summit resident Amy McCarthy took her love for baking and started Cookies and Cartwheels. She makes toffee, spiced pumpkin bread and gift baskets of snacks out of her home.
“I just felt like I needed to add a little something to my already crazy life,” McCarthy said. “It seemed like a good idea.”
She does several events in town, along with parties and wedding favors as well. So far, business has been good, though occasionally her children will sneak into her supply and eat some themselves, she said.
“My kids think it’s awesome,” she said.
Fortnightly Club member Nancy Leccese said she attended the luncheon because it’s nice to see other people in the community and shop for holiday gifts.
“I think it’s a wonderful event and I love to support the Fortnightly Club of Summit,” she said.