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La Jolla Fashion Files | May 19, 2017

Bucket List Bash

Soroptimist International of La Jolla celebrated 70 years of service at the Birch Aquarium on May 13th.  This second annual Bucket List Bash began with a cocktail reception overlooking a breath taking view of La Jolla Cove.  The President Diana Hill welcomed the crowd.  Vickie Riggs, Vice President, took the podium and announced that Barbara Bry from City Council District 1 was honoring this Soroptimist Chapter with a “commendation” for serving the community.  Councilman Bry was unable to attend and sent Bridger Lanfer from her office to bestow the honor. 

During the evening two different awards were given:  Live Your Dream Award and the REBOOT Ladies.  TV personality Leonard Simpson made the presentations.  The first was the Live Your Dream awards given to three incredible ladies: Haniyyah Haqq, Chuc Le, and Otani Linn Laster.  Soroptimist helped these women get back on their feet after the struggles they have endured in their life.  This will give them a chance to pursue their careers and help with the raising of their children.   

Soroptimist has been focusing on women in the military since 2015.  The National Veterans Transition Service Inc. provides a 3-phase program to help the transition to the civilian world.  They call it “REBOOT”.  Maurice D. Wilson, MCPO, USN, designed the REBOOT Workshop to help veterans and was on hand to talk about the program.  Six amazing women finished the REBOOT Workshop and were honored on this extra special evening.  They were Andrea Griffin, Beverly Smith, Clara Bryant, Clairabella Bindoy, Beck Bujaki, and Camille West.   All nine of the honorees began the evening by having their make-up done by Karen Delgado from Karoli Make-up School and Cosmetics.  Everyone had their hair styled by Whattani of Del Mar Plaza.  All the honorees walked down the runway as Simpson commented on their history and goals.  Macy’s provided fashions for the women. 

The Soroptimist International of La Jolla helps women and girls with programs such as the Live Your Dream programs which Educates and Trains Women and the Dream It, Be It program which gives career support for girls.  Soroptimist means best for women and that is what they have been doing over the last 70 years in La Jolla.   

The Soroptimist have been instrumental in the La Jolla community.  In 1950’s they started a meeting place for seniors that is now the La Jolla Community Center.  They helped build Parker Auditorium at La Jolla High School. The Soroptimist convinced the merchants to display American flags for the 1969 San Diego Bicentennial and had a story published in Reader’s Digest about this “Avenue of Flags”.  In the 1980’s they raised funds by creating a Vaudeville Troupe.  In the 1990’s they held a symposium with UCSD School of Medicine and founded the Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health.  In 2010 they worked on preventing girls and young women from sexual exploitation in human slavery.  They have now added the REBOOT program to their list of accomplishments.  I can’t wait to see what they do for the next 70 years!  For more information about this amazing organization visit:

Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 27th, 2017 Meet The Makers presented by Fashion Week San Diego from 5-7 will feature FWSD17 Designers.  Hosted drinks, raffles, artists & fashion designers from the LGBT community.  Location is 3102 Reynard Way.  The event is free. 

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 Stiffened Sculpted Lace Hat Class.  Australian Milliner Jane Stoddart will teach a one-day workshop on her signature style of hats.  For more information or reservations call: (619) 239-4287. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017 Cali Luv Fashion Show & Expo presented by SD Small business Forum from 12:00pm to 6:00pm at the San Diego Marriott La Jolla.  Ticket $10 available at   

This article originally appeared in La Jolla Today on May 19, 2017. Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned Couture Milliner based in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our Hat Designer, Teacher & Blogger at

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