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Show & Luncheon 2011
"The 56th annual Art of Fashion was a tremendous success, attended by approximately 400 fashion-forward guests. We are honored to be able to support this year's 28 beneficiaries, and to continue The Country Friends' mission: ‘Helping People to Help Themselves.’" - Mia Stefanko, 2011 Art of Fashion Chair
September 22nd, 2011 brought out the very fashionable ladies of San Diego to the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. It was the 56th annual Art of Fashion put on by Country Friends, a group of hard working philanthropic gals. The day featured a lunch by the Inn, and a fashion show highlighting the creme de la creme of South Coast Plaza stores.
Among the mix there this year were representatives from the 28 event beneficiaries. The organizations for this year are: The Burn Institute, Helen Woodward Animal Center, Community Campership Council, Inc., Hospice of The North Coast, Down Syndrome Association of San Diego, Rady Children's Heart Institute, San Diego Brain Injury Foundation, Angel's Foster Family Network, Conner's Cause for Children, Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego, Center for Community Solutions, Reins Therapeutic Riding Program, Ronald McDonald House Charities, San Diego, San Diego Blood Bank, PCI, ASYMCA, YWCA, Aseltine School, Canine Companions for Independence, Casa de Amparo, Palomar Family Counseling Service, Promises2Kids, SAY San Diego, San Diego Center for the Blind, United Through Reading, The Vision of Children Foundation, The George G. Glenner Alzheimer's Family Centers, Inc., and StandUp For Kids, Oceanside Chapter.
Country Friends Event Chair Mia Stefanko on the right, with her mother Eiko
Among the mix supporting the day were Paul Palmer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego, James Floros of The Burn Institute, and Honorary Committee members June Barrymore Ash, Marci and John Cavanaugh, Deborah and Les Cross, Patty Elkus, Kathleen Bell Flynn, John H. Foster Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Julian Kaufman, Susan Kazmarek-Biddick, The Kerr Family Foundation, Jeanne & Ray Lucia, Andrea Naversen, Sandra L. Schafer, The John M. and Sally B. Thornton Foundation, Irene Valenti, Warren Family Foundation, and Priscilla and Keith Webb.
Priscilla Webb and the late Luba Johnston were both honored this year for their tremendous commitment to the community.
More among the supporters there were Joan Waitt, Lee Posnock, Leonard Simpson, Leonard just became an Honorary Police Commissioner, Sandy Redman, Rana Sampson of San Diego's Center for Children, Kima the Celebrity Service Dog in sparkling necklace with County Service Tages, Kitty Kaufman, Lilo Miller, Lynda Kerr, and everyone's fave fashion couple, Tiffany and Jim Mahoney.
Tiffay wore Herve Leger, Country Friends President Marci Cavanaugh wore Pucci trousers, and the 2011 Art of Fashion Chair Mia Stefanko wore a pretty Pucci dress.
The runway show featured CH Carolina Herrera, Donna Karan, Emilio Pucci, MaxMara, Oscar de la Renta, Saks Fifth Avenue, Salvatore Ferragamo, St. John, and Social Diary fave, Versace.
Event sponsors were Priscilla and Keith Webb, DJO Global, Joan Waitt Family Fund, John and Mary Rainsford Foundation, Virginia Napierskie, Valenti International, Alaska Airlines, California Bank and Trust, Del Mar Country Club, Jaguar |Land Rover| Carlsbad, and Wells Fargo Private Bank.
Runway Highlights included medusa embellished booties from Versace, color blocking detailed dresses by Versace, bold patterned gowns with well placed fabric twists by Pucci, a breathtaking red strapless gown by Carolina Herrera, and sensual fabric twists and draping by the master, Donna Karan.
All in all a great day. Chair Mia Stefanko had these words in conclusion. "On behalf of the entire Art of Fashion committee, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to presenting sponsor South Coast Plaza for their incredible support over the last seven years."
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Mia Stefanko with Melanie Cruz and Andrea Naversen
Kitty Kaufman and Lilo Miller
Ms. Judy Ferrero 'minxing' it up
Jean Waters with Marci Cavanaugh
Marci Cavanaugh with Melanie Cruz
Lunch starters of 2 soup shooters, and crab salad in a pastry puff
Desiree Cabral with Annette Ficarri of SAKS
Ken Wood and Irene Valenti of Valenit International
Andrea Naversen with Leonard Simpson
Brittany Simpson with her father Leonard Simpson.... Honorary Police Commissioner
Mia Stefanko with Andrea Naversen and Melanie Cruz
Jeanette Amen and Lynelle Lynch
Interior Designer Kim Smart
Mary Beth Kellee and Sofia Alsadek
Patty Elkus and Jeannie Larson
Maree Mossmer and Lynda Kerr having a giggle
Tiffany and Jim Mahoney
Jeanne and Ray Lucia
the hat switch.....
Jeanne and Ray Lucia having some hat fun!
Jo Ann Kilty and hat designer Carol Bader
Irene Valenti and friends
Margo Schwab of Social Diary Magazine with Ken Wood
Jim Mahoney on an important call
Chanel Surf Girl Margo Schwab and Kima with Latina Gal Rocio Flynn
Margo Schwab and Rocio Flynn
Rocio Flynn with Maggie Bobileff and Joani Wafer
Jim and Tiffany Mahoney with Jeanne and Ray Lucia
Cynthia Vassallo with Deborah Marengo and Joan Waitt
Diane Bell of the UT getting an escort
Rana Sampson of San Diego Center for Children with Social Diary Magazine's Scott Johnston and Kima the Celebrity Service Dog
Animal prints were big....
Joan Waitt and Rocio Flynn
Cynthia Vassallo with Deborah Marengo and Lee Posnock
Gigi Cramer and Scott Johnston
Tiffany and Jim Mahoney
Leslie of Versace with Tiffany and Jim Mahoney
Jinda Schatz in Missoni with Karen Stewart of YSL store and Muffy Walker in Pucci
Priscilla Webb honored and receiving a thank you gift
Luba Johnston's great-grand-daughter playing with a feather boa, a trademark of Luba Johnston
The Fashion Show by South Coast Plaza
reported and photographed by Margo Schwab
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* Margo Schwab, MBA, more formally known as Margaret E. Schwab, has produced, written, interviewed and photographed for various media organizations since 1989. Schwab attended Holton Arms School, La Jolla Country Day School and La Jolla High School. Schwab has a B.A. from Scripps College, spent a business internship with S.A.I.C., Science Applications International Corporation, and earned a Masters of Business degree, M.B.A., from the University of San Diego by way of Claremont Graduate School . Schwab additionally took college courses from Harvard University, and Syracuse University. Schwab volunteers for numerous charity organizations. She also continues to support animal organizations and the prevention of people and animal abuse. Schwab is the editor and co-owner of The Social Diary.
Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston of The Social Diary Magazine are pleased to announce a partnerships with the San Diego Humane Society and SD METRO Magazine. They have also partnered with Country Friends and the San Diego American Heart Association and the Arthritis Foundation.
Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston are both members of the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club (Margo Schwab since 1974) and both are now members of the University Club and its worldwide ClubCorp Compass Society. Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston are Police Press credentialed by the Chief of Police, William Lansdowne.
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