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
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
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
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.