The Nisswa Women’s Club has a 101-year tradition of supporting the community, and the club's annual fashion show typically raises the necessary funds - more than $20,000 each May - to fund charitable gifts.

The COVID-19 pandemic put an end to that big event, but it hasn’t dampened the club’s enthusiasm for fulfilling their mission. President-elect Ann Swanson has helped her committee completely revamp the fundraising focus by moving to smaller and more frequent opportunities.

Club members Elaine Bercher and Eunice Wiebolt emceed a mini fashion show at the Northland Arboretum in August. In September, Mary Ann and Don Bennett offered a popup concert in their home.

This month, members and guests will celebrate the season of gratitude and giving with a Dollars for Scholars luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at Cragun's Legacy. Members and guests will have the opportunity to bid on everything from a four-night weekend at the apple festival in Bayfield, Wisconsin, to a holiday smorgasbord for eight guaranteed to “warm your heart.”

Raffle baskets and medallion games will add to the fun. It’s truly a labor of love for club members.

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“Especially important in this time of pandemic uncertainty, the Nisswa Women’s Club membership has been generous with their time and resources in order to support our high school and college scholars. I am proud to be a member of such a vital and committed organization," Swanson said in a news release.

Cragun's wait staff will not be masked. Vaccination and face masks are recommended for club members and guests. The lunch charge is $20, and guests are always welcome. Go to for more information.