For more than two decades, the Spring Boutique & Trunk Show has been drawing hundreds to view and purchase high-end eclectic clothing, jewelry, accessories, shoes, purses and other items brought in by vendors from across the U.S. This year, the three-day event, held February 21-23, and a special preview party held February 20, was no exception with some 2,000 visiting the trunk show at Old School Square.
The annual event which draws loyal customers and new visitors from Delray Beach, Gulfstream and surrounding communities is the primary fund-raiser fo
r Wayside House. Wayside House is a nonprofit women’s addiction treatment program founded in 1974 by Susan B. Anthony, great-niece and namesake of the women’s rights advocate, and Phyllis Michelfelder.
Because Wayside House serves many indigent women, it relies on public funding and events such as the Spring Boutique to continue its highly successful services which include a 23-bed, 90-day residential program, intensive outpatient, employment, and alumni services. It is also an approved provider of services for nurses and other medical personnel, veterans and women from the Seminole tribes of Florida. When funds are available, some scholarships are offered to qualifying women seeking treatment. Treatment is based on the 12-step program, but includes a number of holistic services including art, horticulture and equine therapies, yoga and parenting services. With a grant from the Posner Foundation, Wayside House has a career center that has helped more than 100 women find employment since opening its doors in 2015.
“We are forever grateful to our Spring Boutique chairs and volunteers who make this outstanding event possible each year. Without their guidance and support, we would not be able to continue this important fund-raiser,” said Wayside House CEO Lisa McWhorter.