The Country Friends set date for annual fashion show

RANCHO SANTA FE —The Country Friends announced it will partner with South Coast Plaza to present the 55th Annual Art of Fashion Runway Show on Sept. 23 at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, 5951 Linea Del Cielo.
All proceeds from the luncheon, fashion show, boutique shopping and wine-tasting will benefit 18 charities, including Big Brothers and Big Sisters of San Diego, Canine Companions for Independence, Project Concern International and the Women’s Resource Center.
Members of the Art of Fashion Runway Show Committee include Donna Ahlstrom, Maggie Bobileff, Judy Burer, Marci Cavanaugh, Deb Cross, Jo Ely, Connie Englert, Bree Estape, Sharon Ferges, Christine Gootee, Amber Hodges, Jeanne Lucia, Andrea Muir, Gina Muir, Jean Newman, Pearl Padovano, Yolando Salcido, Molly Santistevan, JoLynn Shapiro, Mia Stefanko, Heidi Timlake, Rhonda Tryon, Kathe Votsis, Jean Waters and Suzanne Witter.
The event will feature a luncheon on the lawn at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, followed by a runway show highlighting fashions from the 2010 fall/winter collections of renowned international designers.
Andrea Naversen will be the chairwoman of this year’s event. Naversen, a Rancho Santa Fe resident, is editor of Ranch & Coast magazine. She was a television anchor and reporter at KFMB-TV and KUSI-TV in San Diego, as well as a correspondent for CBS News and ABC News in New York and Los Angeles.
“She is well-known throughout our community for her charitable works,” said Jeanne Lucia, president of The Country Friends. “We expect a sell-out crowd again as we come together to celebrate fashion and philanthropy.”
“We are so excited to continue our partnership with South Coast Plaza, California’s premier shopping venue to raise funds that will make such a crucial difference to charitable agencies in these challenging economic time,” Naversen said.
Throughout the day, the boutiques of South Coast Plaza will offer the latest trends in clothing, handbags, jewelry, eyewear and other accessories.
The event concludes with the “Apres Affaire” wine tasting, a time to savor the day’s events and toast the 2010 beneficiaries.
This year’s Honorary Committee, a group of women from the arts, business and philanthropy dedicated to making San Diego County a better place in which to live, will be announced closer to the event date.
The Country Friends funds more than two dozen charitable agencies each year, primarily through proceeds from its consignment shop in Rancho Santa Fe, specializing in exquisite furniture, antiques, rugs, silver, china and objets d’art. Its mission is “helping people to help themselves.”

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