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Opening Day fashion show and luncheon scheduled

RANCHO SANTA FE —There’s nothing like spending a day at the races, especially on Opening Day in Del Mar. As a tribute to opening day and also supporting the longtime nonprofit The County Friends based in Rancho Santa Fe, guests will have a sneak preview for Opening Day couture.

“This is such a wonderful opportunity for The Country Friends to benefit from this so we can help our chosen charities,” said Donna Ahlstrom, administrative coordinator at The Country Friends.

A handful of tickets are still available for the “Opening Day Fashion Show and Luncheon” July 2 at Mille Fleurs in the Ranch.

With horses bolting out of the starting gate a couple weeks after this afternoon soiree, guests will have the unique opportunity for some very personalized boutique shopping and fashion show glimpses before the big day.

Championing the afternoon luncheon, Maggie Bobileff, will have her European chic designs from Maggie B & Mister B modeling during the fashion show.

“Maggie will have a lot of opening day attire for both men and women,” Ahlstrom said.

Also there will be Carol Bader of the Del Mar Hat Company. While custom hats and headpieces will be available, customer orders may also be placed. “That would give Carol time if someone wanted a handmade piece done,” Ahlstrom said.

A special opportunity drawing is also creating a stir, she added.

Ahlstrom wants future guests to know about RSF’s John Matty Company who is designing a custom diamond necklace valued at $25,000. The winner will be announced at their annual Art of Fashion Sept. 18.

Serving as Mistress of Ceremonies for the luncheon will be Sandra Mass of KUSI News.

Ahlstrom expects 60 or more attendees for the luncheon and fashion show. Both members and non-members are invited to enjoy the day.

Other top vendors will include Marisa Baratelli with Thai silk wardrobe dresses; Paige California with fine silk tops and dresses; Karoo Collection with ostrich bags and wallets from South Africa; Grazia Bella with Italian leather handbags; Setti Divini Jewelry; and, Baja Olive Oil.

And having the lunch at Mille Fleurs is also a special treat.

“Everyone can experience dining at one of the top 100 restaurants in America which was featured in the Wall Street Journal,” she said.

To learn more about the “Opening Day Fashion Show and Luncheon” and to purchase tickets visit or call (858) 756-1192.