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Stars add glitz to guild's gala

May 01, 2004

Joyce Rudolph

The stars came out to celebrate the "Swingin' with the Stars -- A

Salute to the Media" fashion show luncheon April 17 planned by the

Providence St. Joseph Medical Center Guild.

Actress Kaley Cuoco of "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage

Daughter" and Harold Green, mid-day co-anchor of KCBS-TV Channel 2

News, stopped by to add glitz to the afternoon's festivities in the

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Sheraton Universal's Grand Ballroom.

Guild President Julie McArdle said Burbank being home to so many

entertainment industry giants in television, film, music and

animation inspired the theme. Several past presidents joined McArdle

on the event committee.

Guests strolled through the boutique during the social time

choosing between jewelry, clothing and accessories from several

vendors. Sulma's Handbags of Tarzana caught a lot of attention with

one-of- a-kind handbags decorated with beads, fabric, wood and dry

leaves.

All the ladies at Maureen Walsh's table savored the tomato bisque

soup covered in a toasty light pastry, a perfect overture for the

chicken breast and accompaniments. The finale was a chocolate-dipped

shell filled with fresh berries and cream.

After McArdle called out "Lights, Camera, Action," six models

floated onto the stage in gowns worn in films by Marilyn Monroe to

the music of "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend." The costumes are

from the Travilla Arkive Collection.

Carin Holmenas produced a parade of savvy sheaths, skirts and

pantsuits and luscious evening gowns from Hyland Booker, Shahla

Dorriz Couture and Lourdes Chavez. Furs from Edwards-Lowell and male

models in styles from Sy Devore drew thundering applause and heavy

sighs.

Fred and Peggy Amerongen won the $10,000 grand prize and Mary

Cayson took home the $1,000 cash prize, and then quipped that most of

it will go to her six children.

Special guests were Sister Rose Byrne, who gave the invocation,

Sister Mary J. Prendergast and Sister Colleen Settles.

Proceeds will go to the guild's pledge of $1 million to the Integrated Cancer Center that will serve the San Fernando and Santa

Clarita valleys.

Elegantly decorated tables were reminiscent of old Hollywood with

black tablecloths, pink napkins and graceful white orchid

centerpieces. Goodie bags were filled with Don Francisco coffee

samples and California pistachios, which helped guests savor the

memory the rest of the week.

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