Childhelp’s 38th Annual “For the Love of a Child” Fashion Show and Luncheon raises more than $500,000

Childhelp’s 38th Annual “For the Love of a Child” Fashion Show and Luncheon sponsored by South Coast Plaza at the Balboa Bay Club on March 7 was a day to remember, with guests buzzing with excitement and anticipation for the day.

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Photos by John Watkins

(L-R) Director of Community Relations at South Coast Plaza Stephanie Rogers with Event Chairs Kelly Haugen, Patricia Ford, Julie Adams and Honorary Chair Patti Edwards

Co-Chairs Julie Adams, Patricia Ford and Kelly Haugen, along with Honorary Chair Patti Edwards, organized the Orange County Chapter’s spring fundraiser, raising more than $550,000 for Childhelp’s life changing programs for abused and neglected children.

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(L-R) Inspirational Award recipients Ale Boggiano and Jen Lilley with Honorary Chair Patti Edwards

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(L-R) Childhelp OC Chapter Co-President Gina Van Ocker, Ale Boggiano, Jen Lilley and Childhelp OC Chapter Co-President Pam Pharris

The event was a huge success, thanks to the support of their generous Stardust Donor: The Madeline & Marvin Gussman Family Foundation; Diamond Donors: Terry and George Schreyer; Emerald Donors: Olivia Abel, The Crean Foundation, Patti and Jim Edwards, and Nancy and Art Youngman; Platinum Donors: Argyros Foundation, Donna Clark, Beverly Cohen and Deborah Drucker Nesbit; Gold Donors: Christine Bren, Becky Cooper, Patricia Ford, Barbara Ganahl, Erna Minkoff, Janet Ronnenberg, Libby Werner and Jeff Wheeler, along with their Silver and Bronze Donors. The generosity of all their donors was truly inspiring, and their contributions will have a lasting impact.

This year, Honorary Chair Patti Edwards presented the Inspirational Award to the founders of “Christmas is Not Canceled,” Ale Boggiano and Jen Lilley, for their dedication and support of children in need. They are so grateful to these very special women.

“Christmas is Not Canceled” offers an online opportunity for children and fans to interact with their favorite celebrities, while craft making, baking and many other activities, with all proceeds benefiting children’s charities, like Childhelp.

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(L-R) Brett Smith and Brad Hinman

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(L-R) Eileen Saul and Debra Violette

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Shannon Argyros

More than 250 guests were welcomed to the event at the Balboa Bay Resort, for a memorable experience. Enticing raffles items from South Coast Plaza stores included Bally, Buccellati, Roger Vivier, Monique Lhuillier, David Yurman, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Max Mara experience, a Dine Around featuring several OC restaurants, and a getaway at Balboa Bay Resort. The Grand Prize included a $2500 Shopping Spree at South Coast Plaza along with an ACCESS card and a one-year Valet parking pass. The VIP donor Prize was a gorgeous cream YSL handbag. Delicious table favors were generously donated by Laderach Chocolatier and totes were courtesy of SCP.

The transformed ballroom wowed the guests with gorgeous lavender and lilac florals. After a welcome by Orange County Chapter Co-Presidents Gina Van Ocker and Pam Pharris, guests were treated to a stunning showcase of spring fashions from top designers at South Coast Plaza – Bally, Lanvin, Max Mara, Missoni, Michael Kors Collection, Monique Lhuillier and Saks Fifth Ave. The fashion show was presented by the talented Shannon Davidson and her production team, after which a delicious three-course lunch of a filet mignon/seabass duet was served.

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(L-R) Inspirational Awardees and founders of “Christmas is Not Canceled,” Jen Lilley and Ale Boggiano

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A model sporting one of the latest spring fashions

This event would not have been possible without the hard work of volunteers and event committee members: Tracy Abel, Michele Capps, Terri Carlson, Mary Allyn Dexter, Susan Earlabaugh, Joy Estrada, Katherine Meredith, Diana Miner, Joyce Simon, Tami Smith, Gina Van Ocker, Debra Violette, Ellen Hanson Walker and Emily White.

Childhelp is proud to report that for each dollar expended, 85 cents is invested into serving the children in need of their program services, which include three group homes in Costa Mesa and the Childhelp Merv Griffin Village in Beaumont, Calif.

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