Oakmont fundraiser has French flair

March 13, 2012|By Ruth Sowby
  • Ensembles from designer Lourdes Chavezs Spring/Summer collection are modeled at the Oakmont Leagues 'Springtime in Paris' fashion show.
Ensembles from designer Lourdes Chavezs Spring/Summer…

More than 300 members and guests of the Oakmont League were transported to Paris with its accompanying food, fashions and fortune. The Sheraton Universal Hotel was sumptuously decorated for “Springtime in Paris” at the League’s annual fundraiser on March 6.

A reception, raffle and boutique — all with a distinctly Parisian flair — began the day at 10 a.m. A favorite raffle prize was “Couture!” made up of a Carlisle silver tip fox collar, straight from the showrooms of Paris, along with a roomy handbag in pewter — the current “in” color.

Boutique vendors were very generous with 25% of their proceeds donated to the Oakmont League Philanthropy Fund. Dicker and Dicker Furs of Beverly Hills made its usual dramatic presence known. Model Canden Bliss modeled a gray cashmere cape trimmed with fox and Swarovsky crystals. It was a steal at $3,250.

League President Judy Mendicina welcomed her enthusiastic audience. Event Co-Chairmen Carolyn Beaton and Lynn Dittrick kept the enthusiasm going by announcing the winner of the first special drawing: “New Orleans—French Quarter.” The prize package included five days and four nights at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. A $400 travel voucher was an added bonus.


Lunch followed with crème de tomate au basilic soup en croute. The main course was poulet à la Dijonnaise à la Estragon (that’s chicken with a creamy white sauce). Dessert was a mouth-watering gateau (cake) à la sauce framboise.

Between the soup and main course, the audience was treated to a fast-paced fashion show starring designer Lourdes Chavez’s 2012 spring/summer collection. A couple of male models baring their chests had the women swooning. The gentlemen guests seated on the opposite side of the runway weren’t as interested.

Longtime League member and Glendale resident Barbara McCullough brought some family members to the festivities. They were McCullough’s daughter Gina Hueston, daughter-in-law Cherie McCullough and Cherie’s daughter Sara McCullough.

The afternoon ended at the stroke of 2 p.m. with the announcement of more raffle and special drawing winners. Alas, it was tough leaving Paris behind.

Expected proceeds of between $15,000 and $20,000 (not counting boutique donations) are earmarked for League charities such as the Glendale YWCA’s Battered Women’s Shelter, Glendale Healthy Kids and the Salvation Army.

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