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Making a little black dress look like $millions$

Rotary Club event geared toward fulfilling Gates Foundation challenge

November 04, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — What can one do with a little black dress?

Area women are invited to a benefit program to find out — and help meet the Rotary Club's $200 million challenge from Microsoft mogul and philanthropist Bill Gates.

On Sunday Nov. 7, accomplished floral designer Bill Graham will work his magic — adorning a dress with various floral creations and other accessories as part of the Little Black Dress fundraiser event. Presented by the Southbridge Rotary Club, the event will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Southbridge Knights of Columbus located at 487 Worcester St.

Though the event is geared toward women, men are invited to come along and enjoy an assorted dessert buffet, cash bar, and beverages while Graham decorates a mannequin with custom arrangements.

In addition to beautifying the dress with flowers, he plans to use pins, scarves, and handbags to bolster its image as well. The floral designs he creates will be raffled off at the end of the event.

Graham, who owns a flower shop in Salem, called Beautiful Things Ltd., has been involved in similar events in northeastern Massachusetts. He also makes frequent guest speaking appearances at garden clubs and other related events throughout New England.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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