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Razzle Dazzle Fashion ... and All That Jazz

The 24th annual Guild Fashion Show benefits laboratory services at Henry Mayo

Posted: November 1, 2008 7:53 p.m.
Updated: January 3, 2009 5:00 a.m.

Guild President Cathy Montoya, left, Fashion Show co-chairwoman Tamra Levine, Guild Corresponding Secretary Carol Neyer, Guild members Karen Krosskove and Terrie Cipriano.

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There was "Fashion... and All That Jazz" at the 24th annual Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Guild Fashion Show held Oct. 26 at the Sheraton Universal in Universal City.

An audience of nearly 500 attendees gathered in the Sheraton's extravagant ballroom decorated with massive crystal chandeliers to enjoy lunch and high fashion.

The show, produced by Carin Holmenas, featured professional models in attire from Margo in addition to appearances by the Guild's Silver Rose Debutantes and the 2008 Breast Cancer Awareness spokeswoman Gail McCrosky.

Co-emcee Lora McLaughlin, now a correspondent for CBS Newspath, said she was concerned that her change of jobs might cause her to miss the annual show.

"I am thrilled to be here. This is my absolute favorite event and I was scared to stop reporting full-time because I was afraid you guys wouldn't invite me," she said. "Thank you for letting me part of this event."

McLaughlin is slated to appear with Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaugh in the upcoming romantic comedy "Four Christmases."

Event chairwoman Shelley Hann of Westridge strolled down the runway in a spectacular rhinestone encrusted vintage gown designed by Mr. Blackwell.

"Some of you know that last Sunday we lost a very special icon in the fashion industry, Mr. Blackwell," she said. "He was a very dear friend of mine and a big fan of our Guild fashion show. He made this dress in the 1950s. It was handmade for a leading Hollywood actress and I'm wearing it in his honor today."

The annual Fashion Show, this year co-chaired by Tamra Levine, benefits laboratory services at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

Silver Rose Debutantes Katie Baker, Noelle Chadbourne, Alexandra Crowder, Heather Duncan, Kaila Pascua, Jennifer Rios, Kebra Sedam, Sarah Turchan and Laura Wehn modeled youthful, but dressy attire from Margo.

Men were hardly absent from the runway. A parade of chevaliers, Alan Barbakow, DDS, Matt Baker, John Berman, John Chadbourne, Steve Chegwin, Dave Crowder, Dell Goodrick, DDS, Alex Hafizi, Moe Hafizi, G. Marshall Hann, Dan Jones, Jeffrey Levine, Josh Levine, Roland Pacheco, Douglas Sedam, Robert Turchan, Alan Weyand and Scott Zimmerman were introduced by co-emcee Ed Masterson. The gentlemen, attired in their formalwear, each took a turn down the fashion runway. Many of the chevaliers were fathers of Silver Rose Debutantes.

Male models - community leaders and supporters of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital - Greg Amsler, Bob Hudson, Dr. Marc Lussier and Stephen Tako modeled a variety of fashions - from casual to formal - from J. David's Custom Clothiers.

Tako earned cheers and applause from the mostly female audience by "busting" a few moves down the runway.

Dancers in black leotards, nylons and bowler hats opened the formal fashion show by dancing to the memorable musical number "All That Jazz" from the Broadway hit "Chicago."

What followed was a parade of exquisite clothes in rich fabrics with beautiful colors proving why Margo has been the premiere women's clothing store in the Santa Clarita Valley for 20 years.

"I love to put on something for people to enjoy and I like to give so this is one way of giving," Margo Hudson said.

After a few cocktail dresses in stunning black or black and silver were worn down the runway, a model sporting sunglasses, a clutch purse and a long, striking red coat garnered "oohs and ahhhs" from the audience.

Reversible furs also garnered applause and a murmur of appreciation from the audience.

Models then strutted down the runway in long, stunning gowns in shocking pink, lime green, white and black to the appropriate music of "Razzle Dazzle" before the show came to a close with a parade of models and a return of the professional dancers in a final performance.

Taking the traditional final bow was Margo Hudson, escorted by husband Bob Hudson, who wore a kilt for the honors.

The day began with a fashion boutique held in a room adjacent to the ballroom where attendees shopped among the dozens of vendors that featured clothes, purses, jewelry, candles and other merchandise.

"It is the perfect ladies' day," Debbie Heys of Santa Clarita said. "There's lunch, there's shopping, there's fashion - what's not to like? We look forward to it every year." Heys was accompanied by her daughter-in-law Cari Heys, and Ashley Heys, 10 and Courtney Heys, 8.

Jeannie Carpenter of Newhall said the Guild Fashion Show is always on her calender.

"It's a spectacular show every time," she said. "It's fun and the shopping is fabulous. It's a great place to see all your friends and what I love about it is that it's for a good cause."

City Councilwoman Laurie Ender said the annual Fashion Show is one of her "favorite" events.

"It brings out people you might not see at other events," she said. "Mothers and daughters ... and it's so much fun - and it's for a great cause."

Many of the attendees, including Katharine Lauffer, 10, of Valencia, said one of the highlights of the day is the rich tomato bisque soup covered in puff pastry served - by tradition - as the luncheon's opening course.

Marlee Lauffer, Katharine's mother, said the Fashion Show is an annual mother-daughter outing for the duo.

"It is a tradition with Katharine and I to attend every year, it's a great mother daughter thing to do," she said.

"There are wonderful vendors (as she displayed a purse in the shape of the breast cancer ‘pink ribbon') and great fashion, but most importantly is that this event supports a wonderful cause."

"We can't do this fashion show without the soup - that's what they tell me," Hann said.

The event ended with dozens of raffle prizes awarded as eager guests listened closely as McLaughlin read off the winning numbers. The big prize, the "opportunity drawing," was captured by Beth Stein, who attended the show with daughter Michelle. Stein won a basket of goodies which included a mink teddy bear valued at $1,000, a two-night stay in Big Bear, a $500 gift certificate to Margo and $650 in services at Udo, among other prizes.

"We never win anything," she said, grinning ear-to-ear.

Hann said the "All That Jazz" theme was a perfect fit for the Fashion Show.

"I'm so excited to bring and better and better show to the community," she said. "We've done Phantom of the Opera, last year we did the circus and I think this year's theme is a classic," she said. "I think everyone had a great time."

For information about the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Guild contact the Foundation office (661) 253-8082.

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