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Fashion Show Luncheon at California Club Benefits Luminaires

Many weeks of planning by benefit chairs Maureen Bell, Ellie Jones and Betsy Ulf, came to fruition on  March 25 at the Luminaires of Doheny Eye Institute’s annual fashion show benefit On the Runway at the California Club.

Twelve models, including two men and a dog, strutted down the Parisian fashion house-styled runway in the grand hall, with three  rows of gold chairs lining both sides.
Wonderfully wearable designs of the Lourdes Chavez Spring Collection delighted all 244  in attendance.

A trumpeter dressed in a long red coat and sporting a brown top hat announced the beginning of the show. After a few remarks by president Barbara Heublein, Barbara Nielsen, Luminaires fashion coordinator was introduced.

Sensation of the show was the model who strolled down the runway in a long, white fur-trimmed coat accompanied by a well mannered and well groomed white poodle to match the outfit. Upon returning to the beginning of the runway she turned and opened her coat to reveal that all she had on under the coat was a white cut-out bathing suit.

After the fashion show there was ample opportunity for shopping in the living room of the California Club where boutique vendors displayed their wares.

Participating boutique vendors included: Beaded Treasures; Designs by Georgina Whitford (jewelry); Edwards-Lowell Furs; Handbags by M. Andonia, Hats by Anne Albright: Lavendar Blue; Cosume Designer Jewelry; Ronnell Designs; Susie O’s Successories; Three Palettes-Expressions in Watercolor.

Lunch was served in the main dining room, and concluding the day’s festivities were opportunity drawings whose winners were Margot Malouf, Liz Hezlep, Virginia DeSell, Herrad Marrs, Sonia Hathaway, Kandi Wopschall.

A previously unannounced drawing for a 3.5 carat pink amythyst ring donated by Corina Madilian  from Single Stone in San Marino was won by Cece Horne.

In attendance was Kathryn Sample, wife of retiring USC president Dr. Steven Sample. She was accompanied by Lorna Reed, member of the USC Board of Trustees, and Niki Nikias, wife of the new incoming USC president, Max Nikias. Reed told us: “Max is the current provost at USC but he wasn’t chosen as our new president because of that position. There was a nationwide search and 75 candidates were interviewed. It came down to 7 candidates from all the interviews, and he was by far the best choice for USC.”

Seen among the members and their guests were Dorothy Hagler, Susan Wofford, Joanie Bolton, Dianne Thurman, Winnie Reitnouer, Jane Caughey, Kittie Ballard, Nancy Porteous, Betty Ann Brooks,Lucy Hilands, Carmen farmer, Therese Mothershead, Elaine Leventhal, Rita Coulter, Ellie Jones, Margo Malouf, Linda Dickason, Elaine Schulz, Liz Smith, Nancy Hulick, Jeannie Blackburn, Ada Watson, Lilah Stangeland, Jackie Flynn, Gloria Newton, Dina Oldknow, Shirley Botsford, Dorothy Matthiessen, Peggy Still, Kelsey Hall, and many others.

The Doheny Eye Institute is a non-profit enterprise established in 1947 by Carrie Estelle Doheny, wife of LA oilman Edward L. Doheny, after she lost her vision to glaucoma at age 69. The organization established Southern California’s first pathology laboratory to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease, as well as the area’s first eye bank. Originally housed in St.Vincent Hospital in LA it became affiliated with USC in 1974, and in 1975 relocated to USC’s Health Sciences campus, home of the Keck School of Medicine and offers patient care, research, clinical trials and education.

The Luminaires is a women’s support group and its sole purpose is to assist the Doheny Eye Institute in meeting its commitment to those afflicted with eye problems through fundraising and volunteer participation. Proceeds from the benefit will go directly to Doheny Eye Institute.

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