La Providencia Guild “Deck the Halls” for Children’s Hospital

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Guests Donna Thill, from left, and Joanne Adams purchase opportunity tickets from La Providencia Guild member Carrie McCoy.

Guild members of La Providencia were all aglow during the 68th annual Razzle Dazzle luncheon and fashion show on Nov. 22 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.

From their sparkling outfits to the festive holiday centerpieces the ladies beautifully illustrated “Deck the Halls”, which was the theme for the event that raised funds for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The current project is the Associates Rehabilitation Center Caregiver Wing and the Associates Endowed Chair in Sarcoma.

 La Providencia Guild President Joan Chandler, left, with Channel 7 news anchor Phillip Palmer, sitting, Robert Weiner of Children's Hospital Los Angeles, standing, and luncheon chairwoman Nancy Johnson. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)
La Providencia Guild President Joan Chandler, left, with Channel 7 news anchor Phillip Palmer, sitting, Robert Weiner of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, standing, and luncheon chairwoman Nancy Johnson. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

President Joan Chandler welcomed the more than 400 attending and introduced hospital officials. They were Robert Weiner, vice president of development foundation; Bonnie McClure, chairwoman of the Associates and Affiliates; and Suzanne Lapis, director Associates and Affiliates.

“My theme this year is ‘Cherish the Children with Loving Hearts’ and my color is pink,” Chandler said. “May we all think pink and have passion and love in our hearts as we deck the halls today for the benefit of the children.”

McClure thanked the members of the guild for all their fundraising activities throughout the year. She gave a short update on the hospital rehabilitation center’s recent acquisition of an exoskeleton device, which is a robotic backpack that activates muscles and nerves allowing paraplegics to walk

 Arriving at the fashion show are emeritus member Marjorie Jonkey, sitting, patroness Mavien Ready and member Doris Palmer.
Arriving at the fashion show are emeritus member Marjorie Jonkey, sitting, patroness Mavien Ready and member Doris Palmer.

In addition, the new, larger inner-faith chapel is almost completed and should open in late January.

Master of ceremonies duties were aptly handled by Phillip Palmer, Channel 7 news anchor. The hospital holds a special place in Palmer’s heart as his daughter received treatment there when she was 2.

“This story usually brings me to tears,” Palmer told the crowd. His daughter was having trouble standing up straight and walked with her head tilted. They took her to Children’s Hospital. The diagnosis was a crick in her neck.

“They treat children like they are the most important thing on the planet,” he said. “Whether you are donating a dollar in the silent auction or $10,000 every single dollar you are raising today is doing good things for children in our community,” he said.

Carin Holmenas produced a lovely fashion show with styles by Los Angeles designer Lourdes Chavez.

 Model takes to the runway with her canine friend in tow
Model takes to the runway with her canine friend in tow

Highlights were the two very handsome male models who drew cheers from the audience as did two canines that strode the runway with two female models.

Holiday carols were performed by 27-year-old mezzo soprano Katherine Trimble accompanied by violinist Alan Chen. Trimble is the daughter of Gary and Connie Trimble of Burbank and proud mom was in the audience cheering the duo on.

Luncheon was delightful starting with everyone’s favorite Creme of Roma Tomato Basil Soup, which was kept steamy hot by a layer of puff pastry baked on top. The breast of chicken was succulent and tasty and the dessert, fit for a queen, was a white chocolate box filled with red berries and whipped cream.

Lotto winners were Lynn White-Shelby, $500; Diane Cripe $1,000; and Marge Simay, $1,500.

 Katherine Trimble, mezzo soprano, sings holiday carols while accompanied by violinist Alan Chen. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)
Katherine Trimble, mezzo soprano, sings holiday carols while accompanied by violinist Alan Chen. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

Fashion show chairwoman was Nancy Johnson who was assisted by committee members Veronica Chavoor, Laureen Endoso, Glenda Jones, Tanya Kam, Vicki Margolin, Clara Monette, DeeDee Rowlands, Donna Salant, Deborah Spang, Patricia Taylor, Sharon and Joe Terranova, Kris Veatch and Lynn White-Shelby.

Others helping were Lorelei Kelley, Tanya Karn, Dorothy Austin, Nancy Wiggins and Marela Barretto.

In addition to the fall fashion show luncheon and spring cotillion, the guild raises funds year round at its thrift shop at 3301 W. Burbank Blvd. The shop has clothing, shoes, kitchen items and jewelry. Currently the shop is having a furniture sale that includes carpet and art.

 Guests Donna Thill, from left, and Joanne Adams purchase opportunity tickets from La Providencia Guild member Carrie McCoy.
Guests Donna Thill, from left, and Joanne Adams purchase opportunity tickets from La Providencia Guild member Carrie McCoy.

 

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