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Philanthropy is fashionable

Posted: December 1, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: December 1, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Young “princesses” model fashions by Belle of the Ball. (Far right) An elegant gown walks the runway worn by a professional model and escorted by an Afghan hound.

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Fancy hats, gorgeous clothes and a nod to the wedding of England’s Prince William and Kate Middleton made for a delightful afternoon at the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Guild’s 27th annual Fashion Show.

Dubbed A Royal Fashion Show, the event, held in the ballroom of the Sheraton Universal, attracted more than 350 guests and benefited the laboratory department of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia.

Among the guests were Santa Clarita City Councilwoman Laurie Ender accompanied by a tableful of friends adorned in tiaras.

 A three-course lunch of tomato basil soup with puff pastry crust, chicken with mushroom cream sauce and crème brûlée  was served.

Shelley Hann, the 2011 fashion show chairwoman, came down the runway first in a classic little black dress and dramatic matching hat to cheers from the crowd.

“Hear ye, hear ye,” Hann said, dropping a scroll and reading off the names of the many volunteers, supporters and sponsors that made the event possible, including the fashion show committee of Jo Ann Vindigni, Jenn Wilder, Eva Murray, Terrie Cipriano, Mary McCormick, Lucille Bowman, Pam Ingram and Tamra Oliner-Levine.

After a brief speech by 2011 Guild President Oliner-Levine, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Health Foundation president Diana Vose took to the stage.

“Last year, I announced the development of a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and today, I’m excited announce that it’s almost complete,” Vose said. “And, I can’t stop gushing about our new surgical suite. It’s an amazing addition that is necessary to expand our cardiovascular services.”

Vose then introduced the Henry Mayo 2011 Breast Cancer Awareness spokeswoman Barbara Larson, who sailed down the runway on the arm of her husband Ken in a fall suit from White House/Black Market. Larson’s cancer was originally diagnosed at the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center, located on Henry Mayo’s Valencia campus.

“Since opening in 2002, the breast imaging center has performed 64,740 screenings and diagnosed 574 cancers,” Vose said. “Early detection is key, and as Barbara will tell you, stay positive and never give up.”

Master of Ceremonies Ed Masterson introduced the fashion show in style, dressed as English pop superstar Elton John.

Masterson and Hann, decked out in a bridal veil, walked down the runway arm in arm to the strains of “Chapel of Love.”

Masterson introduced the male models, prominent members of the Santa Clarita Valley business community: Robert Benjamin; Dell Ariel Goodrick, DDS, FAGD; G. Marshall Hann; C.R. “Bob” Hudson; Marc Lussier, MD, FACS; and Stephen Tako.

Decked out in formal morning tuxedos from J. David’s Custom Clothiers, the men accompanied professional models down the runway.

The models wore fashions from the Royal Collection by Lourdes Chavez Couture, accented with accessories such as hats from Anne Albright, handbags from M. Andionia, and furs from Edwards-Lowell of Beverly Hills.

The Carin Holmenas-produced fashion show culminated in a royal wedding extravaganza with a striking white strapless gown from Ali Rahimi for Mon Atelier and children’s couture from Belle of the Ball.

Watching from the sidelines, Hann smiled.

“When William and Kate married this summer, I thought how fantastic it would be to do a royal fashion show for Henry Mayo,” she said. “It’s elegant, it’s regal, and it was my pleasure to put together such a classy event to help Henry Mayo.”

Guest Josephine Divita of Valencia had nothing but praise for the show.

“It was great, such incredible clothes,” Divita said. “I’ve lived in Santa Clarita since 1971, so I’ve been to the hospital many times and think it’s wonderful. I’m happy to support Henry Mayo.”

The luncheon and fashion show was preceeded by a vendor boutique.

The afternoon concluded with the awarding of raffle prizes to lucky ticket holders.

For more information on the Henry Mayo Guild, visit www.henrymayogiving.com.

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