Soroptimist International Of Greater SCV Hosts Sold Out Fashion Show
There were “Fashions, Follies & Fun” on Sunday for a sold out crowd of more than 300 at the fourth annual Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley fashion show.
Among the models in the show was Cheri Fleming, President of Soroptimist International of the Americas. Fleming attended the show with her daughter -in-law Jennifer Fleming and granddaughter Farah, 5 1/2.
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“I am pleased to be part of this great day,” said Cheri Fleming. “We have an amazing community and a great cause.”
Fleming leads 34,000 women in 1,400 clubs in 19 countries as President.
It was a mother-daughter-granddaughter kind of day at the Hyatt Regency Valencia as guests mingled before the show at the boutique that featured clothes, jewelry and other items.
Soroptimist International Camino Real Region Governor-elect Dora Zavala attended the event with her daughter Nicole Zavala and granddaughter Makayla.
“I am so excited that today’s event is sold out,” said Dora Zavala. “It’s a great opportunity to give back to the community.”
Zavala will be installed as the region’s Governor at the Spring Conference to be held at the Hyatt Valencia April 25-27.
President of Soroptimist International of Greater SCV Vanessa Wilk, attended the fashion show with her daughter Alison Hicks.
“Our fashion show was sold out months ago, which is wonderful,” said Wilk. “We have so much support from the community. It’s going to be a great afternoon. Proceeds from today’s event will go to support our programs that help women and girls, locally and globally.”
Male and female models walked the runway in fashions by Cache, Divine Boutique & Jewelry, H.e.r., J. David’s Custom Clothiers, Lorna Jane, Luscious Soul, Marshalls, Mirror Mirror, One Savvy Girl, Propinquities, Roger Dunn Gold Shop and The Closet on Main. Hair and makeup was provided by Tranquility Salon & Spa.
The male models, Dante Acosta, BJ Atkins, Mike Bjorkman, Oscar Dominguez, Dell Goodrick, DDS, Alex Hafizi, California State senator Steve Knight, Kirk Stinson, Myles McNamara and Lance Morrison, competed in a contest for “Most Popular Male Model.” Votes were collected at $5 each. The winner, Oscar Dominquez, of Union Bank, was crowned “King of the Runway.”
“Wow! This is exciting,” said Dominquez. “I am proud I was able to help for a great cause. This is an amazing organization that is doing great things for women and girls.”
Male model, Los Angeles Fire Department Fire Fighter Scott LaRue, was injured on the job and unable to participate in the show.
Male model Dante Acosta said he had “a lot of fun” participating in the event.
“Rehearsals went great, this is a fantastic event,” said Acosta. “All the male models are happy to be supporting a great cause, Soroptimist.”
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Female models appearing in the show included: Nancy Angle, Cheryl Bassett, Lois Bauccio, Ann Marie Bjorkman, Diane Blair, Carina Cardenas, Cassandra Cardenas, Jodi Daniels, Lorena Dominguez, Aubrey Einbund, Beatrice Elias, Cheri Fleming, Rachael Hall, Debbie Heys, Ashley Heys, Alesia Humphreys, Michelle Kelly, Kelsie Leach, Monica Manrique, Adrienne Minor, Naomi Carmona Morshead, Maite Narisco, Pam Oneby, Danielle Peterson, Kimberly Rincon, Yani Rincon, Samantha Smith, Sara Spaglione, Nicole Stinson, Jodi Stokes, Elizabeth Teagle, Gail Teagle, Karen Towels, Allison Velasco and Tara Wood.
Dancers from Shooting Stars Dance Company entertained the audience with a performance to “Hit the Road, Jack.”
As the fashion show opened Sandi Naba, fashion show chairwoman, briefly took the podium and introduced the community leaders in the audience and thanked sponsors and guests.
“Are you ready for some fashion, follies and fun?” said Naba. “Thank you for attending our fashion show.”
Ed Masterson served as emcee of the event.
In addition to the fashion show and boutique the event featured a special raffle of tickets to view a L.A. Kings game in a suite. The prize, valued at $1,000, included four premium bottles of wine. Sheryl and John Geraci donned their L.A. Kings jerseys to help sell the $20 tickets. “We love the Kings,” said Cheryl. “We decided we’d help sell the tickets and wear our jerseys.”
Guests who purchased tickets for the regular raffle were able to choose which of the five raffle baskets they wished to try to win by placing a ticket in the appropriate container. Girls from the Val Verde Community Center who attended the fashion show courtesy of Soroptimist International of Greater SCV pulled the winning tickets and helped present the baskets to the winners.
Soroptimist International of Greater SCV is a volunteer organization for business and professional women which supports programs to assist women and girls in the SCV and around the world. The club, a member of the Camino Real Region of Soroptimist International of the Americas, provides scholarships to girls 14-17 through the Violet Richardson Award, women who have faced hardships through the Women’s Opportunity Award and girls 6-17 who want to improve their lives through dance with the Jacquie Petersen Endowment Award.