Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach Auxiliary and 400 guests celebrated the coming of spring at the annual Fashion Show and Silent Auction Jan. 23 at the Hyatt Regency. Under the leadership of President Linda Dilday and chairs Pam Duran, Leslie Schlauch, Roxie Hause and Janet Foley, an exceptional fashion show and luncheon was enjoyed by the faithful attendees, many of whom haven't missed this iconic event since it's inception more than 50 years ago.
Centerpieces of moss-shaped purses and white orchids, created by member Jane Woodson, were a glimpse of the upcoming season - as was the light and healthy artichoke soup and fresh steak and potato salad served for lunch.
Highlights of the day included intense bidding for Laker tickets, boat rides, exquisite baskets, stays at the Hotel Del Coronado and much more. Twins Joy Rasic and Joan Ratigan were active bidders as was Rebekah Halpern, a Memorial Hospital physician assistant, who "won" the Magic Purse. The purse, created by Diane Pickard and promoted by mother and daughter team Bonnie and Tracy Ladbury, sold for $625 (it was valued at way over $700).
Jewels, provided by J&L Jewelers were a major part of the Silent Auction. Dolorie Thurner and Collette Anderson (there with daughter Johnna Bryant), assisted by their jewelry guards Jim and Jim, Penny and McLung, set the stage for a gamut of baubles.
Approximately 150 unique baskets were the draw of the event. Pam Duran and her co-chairs Margie Penny and Leslie Schlauch, along with their worker bees, created the works of art. They also made a mess of Leslie's home for weeks while putting together the lovely auction items and enjoying Leslie's gourmet food.
Handsome Rick Papp, MC extraordinaire, who has been "the man of the hour for all seasons," announced the winners of the two $500 cash prizes: Tina Page and his sister, Sondra Williamson.
The latest of fashions were presented by Melrose Alley Boutique. The colors of the season are bright blue, green and yellow, calmed with touches of grey, black and white, with lots of color-blocking. Hemlines varied between a couple of inches above the knee, to high in front and a foot lower in back, fabric was three dimensional.
An enthusiastic and darling poodle pranced down the runway, eagerly spotting new friends along the way. He was accompanied by a gorgeous model in jeans, with sleeveless cape of fur. The red soles of Jimmy Choo shoes were a clue to the beauty of accessories and the gracefulness of the models. After the show eager fashionistas tried on and purchased the dresses, furs provided by Edwards-Lowell of Beverly Hills and jewelry by John Agee from Paris.
President Linda Dilday spoke of the benevolence of MCHLBA over the past year, donating over $200,000 to benefit the children in Memorial Children's Hospital Long Beach. Proceeds of the Fashion Show will be given to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to refurbish room 280 into a family support room. Dr. Lupe Padilla and Linda Rankin, director clinical operations at neonatal unit thanked everyone for their support.
Padilla commented that the auxiliary has always said, "just tell us what you need and we'll find a way to get it for you." Linda also thanked the sponsors of the show, the Law Office of Dummit, Bucholz & Trapp and Law Office of La Follette, Johnson, De Haas, Fasler & Ames.
Many families attended: Linda Dilday, Shannon Dilday, Tamara and Katelynn Gilbert and Nicole and Addison Cohen, Sondra Williamson and daughters, Jane Hood, Jennifer Miles, Laurie Williamson, Bob and Karen Lewis with sister Ann Haehn. Nancy Piazza and Jane Nielsen brought a gaggle of relatives Vicky and Hannah Paul, Joanne Sims and Abigail, Janie and Nancy Hobbs, Clara Nielsen. Pat Peters invited daughters Jeralyn, Janet Moore and Jessica DiBella. Joyce Garrette brought Carole and Cindy Martin; Liz Ying. While Mary Kelly brought the most family members, Samantha and Taran Harri, Amanda Higham and Izzy Johnson. Pam Duran was fortunate to have her daughter Lauren Kane and son Nicholas help her with the auction. Lucille Bayse proudly showed off her granddaughter Christina Carlson.
In addition to the Fashion Show, MCHLBA volunteers staff the Hospital Gift Shops, sponsor the spring and holiday gift fairs and work with the children one on one in the hospital to create crafts, provide birthday gifts and visits. More volunteers are always needed. Anyone interested in joining should contact Roxie Hause: 562-307-1248.
Seen at the Scene: Mary Alice Braly, Betsy Metcalfe, Shirlee Bouch, Kathleen Hoffman, Joan Knight, Jeanne Bader, Barbara Gaylord, Lynn Shrum, Marlene Temple, Mari Hooper, Nancy Koblensky, Barbara Hall, Jeannette Gilles, Liz Minor, Hazel Hoshiko, Pat Allen, Luella Hundt, Cindy Smith, Rachel Wisman, Lisa Maloney, Allison Maney, Shirley DeMent, Glenda Wycoff, Luz Shaw, Eileen Klein, Nina Spradling, Dulce Ramsey McCracken, Karen Kozaites, and from Melrose Alley, Sheila Spears (owner) and Kym Steinberg
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