“Love Has No Limits” and thankfully seating at the Marriott in Burbank had no limits at the Las Candelas Benefit Fashion Show luncheon and boutique on March 7.
The 69th anniversary event raised money to support a variety of charitable organizations including Ascencia, Hillsides Education Center, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, Hillsides Youth Moving On, YWCA Glendale & Pasadena, and Sycamores in Altadena. Benefit co-chairs Diane Russell, Nancy Stone and Teresa Nall made sure that the estimated 400 attendees felt welcomed and appreciated.
President Rosina Maize greeted the crowd and thanked them for their support of the mission of Las Candelas. Nall acknowledged the difficulty of the past two years and how the Las Candelas organization is grateful to the support of contributors, donors and sponsors who made it possible for them to continue their outreach efforts. These efforts include providing volunteer service and financial assistance to help improve the lives of children and youth in vulnerable situations and to support awareness of their mental health needs.
The trio worked tirelessly to plan a storybook day of shades of pink and purple, twinkle lights, spectacular flowers and designer fashions.
The afternoon kicked off with a reception hour featuring a boutique of 10 designer vendors including J. McLaughlin, Shelley’s Fashions, The Treasured Accessory and Joe Couture. Guests enjoyed the wine bar while shopping and browsing the opportunity prize table with each prize valued at over $1,000.
Deacon Ron Baker of Holy Family Church in Glendale gave a moving invocation about the good work Las Candelas does and asked for prayers for the suffering families in Ukraine.
After a three-course luncheon, the lights were dimmed and guests sat back to enjoy a 30-minute fashion show featuring the designer collection of ESCADA. Tango dancers Artemi Okunev and Erica Arnold added a special touch to the program.
The event was closed with the announcement of the winner of the special drawing prize of $5000; however, the real winners of the day were the vulnerable children who will benefit from the proceeds of the event.
To learn more about Las Candelas, visit the website at www.lascandelas.org.
Written by Robin GOLDSWORTHY and Cathy KEEN