June 17, 2024


The art of Fashion

Friends of Vista Hill ‘thank-you for being a friend’ at annual fashion show

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Friends of Vista Hill presented a tribute to the “Golden Girls” on May 6 at the Town & Country Resort & Convention Center for its 30th luncheon and fashion show. The event began with shopping from many local boutiques and stores. The guests came and shopped until they dropped finding apparel, jewelry, and other specialties.

This year, the co-chairs were Barbie Spinazzola and Maureen Sage. The mistress of ceremonies was Rory Devine. The theme for the day was “Thank You for Being A Friend!” This was a tribute to the 1980s TV show “Golden Girls.”

Gretchen Productions produced and directed the fashion show. The runway revealed the latest fashion trends from local boutiques and Macy’s in Fashion Valley.

The opening segment was a dance number with all the models dressed to impress in all white including Gretchen Burns. Her signature has always been to appear in the first number singing and dancing. She has been choreographing for the past 45 years in Southern California, Hawaii, and Mexico.

Additional singers and dancers were incorporated into the show making it a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. They even had the characters from “Golden Girls,” Dorothy, Sophia, Blanche, and Rose make an appearance on the catwalk.

One of the standouts was the bohemian styles from Satori. Another crowd-pleaser was a segment with Sprit, Derick, Brinja, and Blaze. These furry canine models strutted their four paws on the runway and delighting the audience.

The grand finale showed off eveningwear in beautiful shades of mauve, blush, and silver. Adding to the excitement on the runway was Andria Elam, Mrs. California 2021. As this entertaining show concluded, the guests returned to continue shopping in the boutiques.

Vista Hill’s mission is to provide mental/behavioral health, educational, and social services to enhance families and individuals. This year, the beneficiary was Stein Education Center Adult Services “Golden Family” Program.

The Stein Education Center is located in Chula Vista and empowers adults with developmental disabilities. Vista Hills was established in 1957 and has been bringing “Stronger Families…Brighter Futures” since then. For more information about Vista Hill, visit vistahill.org.


April 8-Oct. 2 – “Fold, Twist, Tie.” This is a Paper Bag Hat exhibit by moses at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday-Wednesday and 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. on Thursday-Friday. In conjunction, there will be a lecture by Diana Cavagnaro on Hats at Coffee and Conversation, which will be on June 24 from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Frances Hamilton White Art Library.

Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned Couture Milliner based in the San Diego area. Learn more about our hat designer, teacher, and blogger at www.DianaCavagnaro.com.