Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun August 31, 2014
PHOTO BY: Tammy Keith

Standing with just a few of the silent-auction items for The Great Escape, a fundraiser for the Women’s Shelter of Central Arkansas in Conway, are board members Will Baker, from left, Michelle Nabholz, front, Susan Hilden, L.T. Clark and Annette Miller. The event, with the theme Come to Paris, will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Conway Expo Center, 2505 E. Oak St. Admission is $10 and includes spa services, shopping, a fashion show and more.

‘A good event’

Paris theme, silent auction to highlight fundraiser for women’s shelter

The Women’s Shelter of Central Arkansas board members and staff are asking people to join them in Paris this year for The Great Escape. It’s really just the Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds, 2505 E. Oak St., but the fundraising event will have a Paris theme. Annette Miller, chairwoman of the event’s fashion show, said the Toad Suck Queens choose a theme each year for The Great Escape. “This is Come to Paris,” she said. “We’ve got a ru... READ MORE

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