On Saturday, April 2, Pomona Valley Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), held a fashion show with the theme, “Spread Your Wings,” at Hillcrest Home’s Meeting House in La Verne.
Eight beautifully dressed models walked the runway to help the AAUW express its mission of advancing equality for women and girls in the United States and around the world. Wearing fashions from Draper’s and Damon’s, the models were: Karen Cahill, Rhonda Goudeau, Sarah Byer, Mary Kay Ogden, Betty Jackson, Julia Wheeler, Susan Curtis, and Melody Hanawalt.
They combined their beauty and intellectual clout to raise money to promote Tech Trek, the Educational Foundation, and Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund. Funds for Tech Trek support the attendance of local intermediate school girls at AAUW Summer Science and Math Camps at UC San Diego and Whittier College, encouraging local girls to go into the fields of math and science. The Educational Foundation provides scholarships nationwide for women hoping to pursue graduate level studies in fields that will enhance the lives of people in the United States and abroad. The Virginia Gildersleeve Fund supports international projects training and educating women worldwide so that they can provide for themselves and their communities.
Co-chairs were Jo-Ann MacDonald and Judy Woodruff. Committee members assisting were Doris Beery, Gaynel Kendrick, Nancy Lundstrom, Meredith Summers, and Patsy Hanson. Student helpers were Grace Phan, Emily Phan, Catherine Phan, Christopher Phan.
Helping make the fashion show a success were many local businesses including: Brethren Hillcrest Homes for volunteering its beautiful Meeting House; Dr. Ed Potter, pianist for the event; Bryant and Co. Jewelers; Casa Del Rey Mexican Restaurant; Designs by Costello; Draper’s and Damon’s; Dr. Jeff Fairley, Body Shop; Ethel Vincent, Electrolysis; Five Doors Down Beauty Salon; La Paloma Mexican Restaurant; New Image Salon, De De Wilmot; Premier Designs, Inc, (jewelry) Edna Owen; Roseanne Italia’s Merle Norman Studio; and Stefanie Sabouchian, Foot Reflexology.
Raffle donors included Phyllis Anderson, Sarah Byer, Cindy Booz, Ora Lee Bowers, Susan Curtis, Patsy Hanson, Shirley Heckman, Nancy Lundstrom, Jo-Ann MacDonald, Betty Mellard, Mary Kay Ogden, Ferne Schechter, Barbara Shelley, Joanne Wagoner, Julia Wheeler and Judy Woodruff.
Special sponsors of Tech Trek were: Phyllis Anderson, Martha Bellinger, Shirley Boyer, Karen Cahill, Susan Curtis, Kathy Davis, Virginia Garner, Nancy Klinkhart, Roger Klinkhart, Julia Kurtz, Jo-Ann MacDonald, Betty Mellard, Ann Morgan, Barbara Norton, Mary Kay Ogden, Ferne Schechter, Barbara Shelley and Judy Woodruff.