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Becerra, Fetter to co-chair 64th annual Art of Fashion

The 2019 Art of Fashion Committee is moving full speed ahead with its Sept. 12 fundraiser with co-chairs Erika Fetter and Elaine Becerra leading the way. The 64th annual Art of Fashion at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe showcases top designer fashions on the catwalk followed by a luncheon and boutique shopping on the inn’s expansive lawn.

This year marks the 15th time that The Country Friends has partnered with South Coast Plaza for the event. 

“The Country Friends has been doing this (Art of Fashion) for a very long time, and what’s really exciting for Erika and I is that we can take something so strong already and take this event to the next level,” Becerra said. “So, we brought in some new people, and our main goal is to bring in the most amount of money while spending the least amount of money.”

Fetter said she has been attending the annual fashion show for many years. She said to be leading such a fantastic team has been an invaluable experience. 

“We can’t wait to raise a ton of funds so we can give back to the community,” Fetter said. 

Headquartered in Rancho Santa Fe, The Country Friends has funded more than $16 million to local organizations. The Art of Fashion is one of its largest fundraisers of the year.

Fetter said what makes The Country Friends so special is that the nonprofit chooses a variety of organizations to fund every year and is very specific to the needs of the community.  

“We have long-standing relationships with many of the charity groups that we donate to, and we can dive deeply into the details of the organization,” she said. 

The Country Friends funds organizations based on projects and how they will make a positive impact in the San Diego Community. 

Becerra said guests for the Art of Fashion can expect the same wonderful event beginning with a champagne reception upon arrival, beautiful designs on the runway, upscale boutique shopping and a delicious luncheon. 

Both co-chairs want to remind individuals, families and businesses that sponsorship opportunities are ideal for the demographic in attendance. 

“Sponsoring is extremely important because it motivates other people to do the same and it shows that there are wonderful ways to help make a difference in the community,” Becerra said. 

While Becerra and Fetter admit they work well together, they also highlighted their dedicated committee who volunteer their time to make The Art of Fashion a success. The committee’s diligent work to put an event of this magnitude is incredible, they said.  

Becerra said that the Art of Fashion is such an impressive event that when someone attends, they get hooked and people naturally start attending the other events hosted by The Country Friends throughout the year. 

“There is no better way to do something good for people and also have fun at the same time,” Becerra said. 

To learn more about The Country Friends, The Art of Fashion, and sponsorship opportunities, visit