It’s Christmas in July for La Providencia Guild

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Irene Metzger, left, and Sue Ann Gordon are commentators for the La Providencia Guild parade of thrift shop fashions. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)
 Irene Metzger, left, and Sue Ann Gordon are commentators for the La Providencia Guild parade of thrift shop fashions. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)
Irene Metzger, left, and Sue Ann Gordon are commentators for the La Providencia Guild parade of thrift shop fashions. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

The luncheon was themed “Lazy ‘Daze’ by the Lake Side”, but by no means are the ladies of La Providencia Guild resting on their laurels over the next few months. The Summer Meeting last Saturday at Lakeside Golf Club was a rollicking prelude to the yearly thrift shop Christmas in July sale and the annual fashion show in November.

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New La Providencia Guild member Tycene Davis is ready for a weekend holiday in separates found at the thrift shop. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)
New La Providencia Guild member Tycene Davis is ready for a weekend holiday in separates found at the thrift shop. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

But getting back to Saturday’s luncheon, members and guests mulled over exciting silent auction items before sitting down to a lovely entree of salmon, marinated tomatoes and hummus and pita chips. A scoop each of mango and citrus sorbet and fresh berries cooled the palate.

Presiding over the fun day was President Veronica Chavoor. The highlight was a sample show of items available at the guild’s thrift shop at 3301 W. Burbank Blvd. All proceeds from the shop and fashion show benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Comical commentary was provided by mistress of ceremonies Irene Metzger and fashion coordinator Sue Ann Gordon, the guild’s equivalent to Zsa Zsa and Eva Gabor.

“We’re here to tease you, to taunt you and tantalize you!” Gordon said.

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Modeling were members Cindy Birch, Tycene Davis, Mary Fraser, Roxanne Gunther, Kathy Snider, Sandra Kelley, Debbie Lowman, Janet Sedhom, Nancy Wiggins, Janet Puchlik, Donna Sagona Salant, Sharon Terranova, Lynn White-Shelby, Rosemarie Witten and guest Chelsea Mitchell.

Sandra Kelley models a dress and cape from the La Providencia Guild of Children's Hospital Thrift Shop during the Summer Meeting. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)
Sandra Kelley models a dress and cape from the La Providencia Guild of Children’s Hospital Thrift Shop during the Summer Meeting. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

The identity of the mystery model — member Doris Palmer — was kept a secret — under a large hat — like something out of “My Fair Lady.” Palmer moved gracefully between tables in a billowing wedding gown. Commentators pointed out Palmer will be turning 90 years old soon, which inspired the audience to sing “Happy Birthday to You”!

Others helping throughout the day were thrift shop manager Deborah Spang, Nancy Johnson, Lorelei Kelley, Glenda Jones, Sue Meckley, Pat Maskell, Dorothy Austin, Joan Chandler, Fanny Belle Mound, Kathy Levine and Lurdes Munoz. Members’ significant others lending their hands were Charles Chavoor, Chris Gargaro, Robert Gordon, Chuck Herron and Richard Witten.

Next up, the guild members will be preparing the holiday items for display during the Christmas in July sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 12 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 13 at the thrift shop. Shoppers can choose from decorations, themed clothing and collectibles while tasting homemade goodies.

Then the ladies turn all attention to the main event — the Razzle Dazzle Fashion Show on Nov. 2 with the snappy theme of “Picture This”. To donate gift items or advertise in the program, contact Sue Meckley at grmatsue@yahoo.com.

Lynn White-Shelby found a beautiful turquoise jacket to wear over a floral skirt along with coordinating straw bag and shoes. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)
Lynn White-Shelby found a beautiful turquoise jacket to wear over a floral skirt along with coordinating straw bag and shoes. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)
New La Providencia Guild member Tycene Davis is ready for a weekend holiday in separates found at the thrift shop. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)
New La Providencia Guild member Tycene Davis is ready for a weekend holiday in separates found at the thrift shop. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)
Sharon Terranova models a denim jacket. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)
Sharon Terranova models a denim jacket. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)
Sharon Terranova shows the audience the back of her denim jacket. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)
Sharon Terranova shows the audience the back of her denim jacket. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)
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