With March comes the warm breeze of spring and the Zonta Club of Longview’s Antique Show and Sale. Beginning Friday, February 28, through Sunday, March 2, Maude Cobb Convention Center will be filled with more than 100 exhibitors displaying antiques, beautiful linens, porcelain and cut glass, stunning jewelry, and unique, one-of-a-kind treasures.
Zontian members Monica Wall Mason and Toyia Urbaniak are serving as co-chairs for this 40th annual event. They invite Longview and the surrounding communities to visit, browse, shop, and make plans to rest and relax with friends and fellow shoppers at the famous Zonta Tea Room and Pie Bar.
The Antique Show and Sale is Zonta Club’s major fundraiser of the year and allows the organization the opportunity to advance the status of women in the community through educational scholarships and financial support to local, non-profit organizations.
Zonta of Longview is part of a global organization of professional women working together through advocacy and service to advance the status of women worldwide. Members give of their time and talent to further education, leadership, and youth development.
Born in Marshall, Texas, Mrs. Mason has lived in Longview for 13 years. She graduated from Henderson High School, received her associate’s degree from Kilgore Junior College and her bachelor’s degree at The University of Texas at Tyler, both in nursing. Mrs. Mason also earned her master’s degree in healthcare administration at Walden University, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is employed at Longview Regional Medical Center as director of the skilled nursing unit. Mrs. Mason and her husband, Eddie, have been married two years and are the parents of Britney, 22, and Kaila, 13. In addition to her service to the Zonta Club, Mrs. Mason serves as a board member and current president of the Boys & Girls Club of Gregg County.
“Never underestimate the difference you can make in the lives of others,” Mrs. Mason said. “Step forward, reach out, and help. This week reach to someone that might need a lift.”
Originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, Mrs. Urbaniak is a graduate of Pine Tree High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado, and her master’s degree in communication disorders from Louisiana State University Shreveport. Mrs. Urbaniak is owner and clinician at Lighthouse Therapy Services, Inc. She and her husband, Lawrence, have been married 28 years and have two adult children and three grandchildren. Mrs. Urbaniak is an active member of Beckville United Methodist Church where she serves as a Greater Rose Area Community Emmaus (G.R.A.C.E.) Ladies Walk Lay Leader. She also lends her company name for the Lighthouse Senior Citizen Summer A/C Mission Project that provides low income, elderly residents of Panola County with air conditioning unit for their homes.
“It is not only an honor to serve others but it is also the calling of every Christian,” Mrs. Urbaniak said. “We should joyfully give our time, our resources, and our compassion.”
For more information on the Zonta Club of Longview and the Antique Show and Sale, please call 903-845-6428, or visit www.zontalongview.clubexpress.com.