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I have attended all 20 of the Harvesters Luncheon and Fashion Shows, and I have to say congratulations to the committed women involved for putting on a top-notch fundraiser, as well as raising money for a much-needed cause – feeding the hungry in Orange County through Second Harvest Food Bank.

Hats off especially to Harvesters’ co-founders, Jill Johnson Tucker and Jennifer Van Bergh, who had the vision and dedication to get the effort off and running. Speaking with Tucker and Van Bergh at the group’s 20th anniversary celebration luncheon in the lobby of the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, I found their passion still intact. “A lot of the needs that were there 20 years ago are still there,” Van Bergh said, “so we’re still here.”

One of the smartest things the Harvesters did early on was invite South Coast Plaza to partner with them to showcase the latest fall fashions from the top names in the business. At the 20th anniversary runway fashion presentation at Samueli Theater, Van Bergh and Tucker thanked South Coast Plaza’s Managing Partner Anton Segerstrom and Director of Community Relations Kathryn Glassmyer Cenci for the retail center’s longstanding commitment. Cartier’s Caroline Jones was acknowledged as well, for hosting the traditional Cartier champagne reception, which always includes a name-dropping silent auction, held this year in a tent alongside the theater. Segerstrom’s wife Jennifer Segerstrom, who chaired the 20th anniversary celebration, welcomed everyone and thanked her co-chair Susan Etchandy, the Advisory Board, Executive Committee and the entire Harvester’s membership “for making today happen,” she said.

The festive decorations in the concert hall’s lobby brought smiles to the sold-out group of 400 guests, as they enjoyed a delicious repast catered by Patina Restaurant Group and hoped their names were among the winners called for a group of over-the-top opportunity drawing prizes.

All in all, it was a stellar day for the Harvesters, who brought in net proceeds of $520,000 for Second Harvest Food Bank. ‘Nuff said!

Fall Fashion Take: I saw leather, fur, prints, lace, leggings (not just black!), boots (flat, heeled, all heights), neutrals, doses of color (navy seemed to be a standout), lots of shine, unusual sleeve treatments, turtlenecks, and cable sweaters. Fashions shown from South Coast Plaza retailers included Chanel, Chloe, Dior, Emilio Pucci, Fendi, Gucci, Marni, Oscar de la Renta, Roberto Cavalli, Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentino, and Verace.

Assorted guest photos: Carla Rhea/Fashion photos: Volker Corell