Live Your Dream
Soroptimist International of San Diego presented Women: Stronger Together on March 11th. The Luncheon Fashion Show began with a fun boutique at the Sheraton Harbor Island Bay Tower. There was a variety of jewelry, handbags, candles, and women’s wear. Mistress of Ceremonies was Rory Devine who is an award winning news reporter for NBC San Diego and Geni Cavitt who is a local TV personality. During the luncheon they held a live auction for an incredible hand made carpet from Turkey.
Soroptimist means best for women and that is exactly what they do. During the luncheon a Woman of Accomplishment Award was given out to Nicole Anderson. Anderson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and works with homeless adults who have re-occurring mental illness and substance abuse issues. Three other women were honored with the Live Your Life Dream awards. The first was Samantha Arpallan who has turned her life around and is currently studying to be a lawyer so she can help others to find a change in their lives. The second Honoree was Michelle Gutierrez who has overcome challenges in her life and currently is studying to prepare for medical school. The third honoree was Viridiana Romero who has beat many hardships and is studying to become a Registered Nurse.
The upbeat Fashion Show was presented by Gretchen Productions. Gretchen Bergman has an extensive background in dancing and modeling so it is not unexpected that she presents a theatrical fashion show. The runway was located in the center of the audience. The models came out four at a time using cubes that were interspersed on the stage for this entertaining show. The beginning number opened with models wearing always-stylish black and white garments from Macy’s. My favorite was a segment with children playing games such as badminton, beach ball, and jumping rope. One segment included fashion forward designs by London’s Ted Baker. Other must have fashions included Satori Designs and Carlisle. The finale featured gorgeous evening gowns all in shades of sapphire blue also from Macy’s.
The proceeds from this event go to the Soroptimist International of San Diego. This international organization is made up of professional women who work to help local women and girls. They furnish safe houses for abused women, education, and support to prevent trafficking and sexual slavery for women and girls. For more information about the Soroptimist International of San Diego visit: www.sisandiego.org
Photos: Diana Cavagnaro/La Jolla Today
Friday, April 28th, 2017 The 24th Annual Hats Off to San Diego will be at the Estancia Hotel & Spa at 10:30pm. This luncheon & Betty Mabee Hat Parade is presented by The Gold Diggers (Gifts Of Loving Donors) For information, call Jackie Bailey, (619) 670-3643.
Sunday, April 30th, 2017 The 7th Annual Bags & Baubles will be presented at a private Rancho Santa Fe Estate from 1PM-5PM. (address will be supplied upon registration) This silent auction fundraiser goes to FACE who provides life-saving veterinary care for local pets. For more information visit: www.face4pets.org.
This Article originally appeared in La Jolla Today, March 24th, 2017. Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned Couture Milliner based in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our Hat Designer, Teacher & Blogger at www.DianaCavagnaro.com