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Women's Expo reaches milestone

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
October 17, 2011
What: Fifth annual Rock County Women's Expo, "where we are changing lives one year at a time."
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.
Where: Holiday Inn Express, 3100 Wellington Place, Janesville.
Why: Lots of reasons, including the opportunity to support good causes. The expo sponsors nonprofit organizations each year, raising awareness, volunteer support and money. One organization is chosen as the prime focus. This year, it's Project 16:49, which is working on solutions to the scourge of homeless adolescents in the county. A hand-stitched quilt donated by Alice Stoltz in memory of her nephew Ryan Ortin will be raffled. Also, Bass Creek Espresso is donating its time and giving all profits from the food court to Project 16:49.

Project 16:49 will show its acclaimed documentary on homeless teens in Rock County. Some teens who have been homeless will tell their stories and discuss how the community can help.


More good deeds: Admission is nonperishable food items, personal hygiene products or a $3 donation, which go to ECHO and the Salvation Army.
Keynote speaker: Kathy Price, a local minister and activist, will speak on "Understanding Your Connections." Price has worked with families of children afflicted with cancer at University Hospital in Madison, an outgrowth of her experience when her son Josiah survived a rare cancer, apparently against all odds. Price is known to some as the pastor of The Red Door, a Christian group that meets at the Willowdale Saloon.
The good stuff: The expo will feature a variety of vendors who sell chocolate, higher education, Tupperware, acupuncture, jewelry and more.

It also offers speakers on women's topics, including: "Women's Health Issues, Symptoms and Treatments," by Mercy Healthcare; "Do You See What I See?" a class about dyslexia and ADD by Marla Verdone; "Education for the Returning Adult Student: A Choice," by Cardinal Stritch University; and "The Wheel of Life: Where Does Your Spoke Lead?" by Team Life's Dan Hawkins. The expo also offers lunch for $5 or less.


Shots: Flu shots will be available for $30
Quote: From founder Rita Key, who was helped by community organizations she hadn't even known existed until her late husband suffered from cancer and dementia: "We were—and I still am—poor as dirt. But I wanted a way to give back, so that's how it started."

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