Orange County Fashion Show raised $250,000

The Childhelp Orange County Chapter raised $250,000 at the Annual For the Love A Child Fashion Show and Luncheon produced by South Coast Plaza last Thursday, March 26th at the Island Hotel, Newport Beach CA . The event Chairs, Pam Pharris, & Gina Van Ocker are thrilled that the event sold out with over 400 attendees.

The event opened with Childhelp Chapter President Debra Violette welcoming everyone and thanking South Coast Plaza, Kathryn Cenci for a fabulous runway presentation of retailers Anne Fontaine, Bally, David Yurman, Roberto Cavalli, Ted Baker London, Saks Fifth Avenue, St John, Stuart Weitzman, Diane Von Furstenberg, Eileen Fischer, Facconable, DKNY, &Donna Karan.

Mary Allyn Dexter presented the Children’s Friend Award to Images Salon. Ron & Al Perez & Mark McArdle owners of Images Salon, they have been dedicated to supporting Childhelp since 2002. All the stylists at Images Salon have volunteered the 3rd Sunday in September for a cut-a-thon, donating all their earnings to the Childhelp Groups Homes of California.

Sara O’Meara & Yvonne Fedderson presented Marie Gray with the Children’s Inspirational Award. Marie Gray is not only renowned internationally for her classic knit designs as Co-Founder of St. John, but is also admired and respected as an inspiration to everyone she knows.  Marie’s compassion for abused children has been evident through her past service on Childhelp’s California State Advisory Board and fashion events benefiting Childhelp.  She is indeed an icon of inspiration and philanthropic leadership.

Thank you to everyone involved in making this show a huge success!