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ZzFoJ64CQwKlY-ZsVCF8czHX08Gfgthza1WqSjqT-kgI love Charlene Jessup! She always brings a smile to my face when I see her at the Camino Health Center Auxiliary’s high-profile luncheon and fashion show at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. She chaired the group’s fundraiser last year, and I was seated at her table and got to meet her darling husband Judd and her parents, who traveled from northern California to be there. And, lucky me, I got to sit with them again this year!

Charlene is among the many dedicated women in the auxiliary who support the Camino Health Center in San Juan Capistrano. Affiliated with Mission Hospital, the women are committed to Camino’s mission of providing needed healthcare services to the medically underserved residents of south Orange County. As Mission Hospital’s President and CEO Kenneth McFarland said, “Many of the center’s patients have recently lost jobs, their healthcare insurance, their homes, and their sense of security.” Camino logs 120,000 patient care visits annually, so it’s a busy place.

This, the group’s 28th annual fashion show/luncheon, drew nearly 450 guests for a delicious lunch and top-notch fashion presentation, sponsored and produced by South Coast Plaza. The slim models strutted their stuff wearing the following labels: Oscar de la Renta, Escada, Loro Piana, Donna Karan, Salvatore Ferragamo, Bally, Tory Burch, St. John, Marni, Cancali, and Brooks Brothers – yes, men’s fashions were a part of the mix with whistles and cat calls to boot! There were two looks that still remain with me – the very first model on the runway, who wore a gorgeous winter pant ensemble from Loro Piano, complete with fur touches, suede boots, cashmere turtleneck and shawl, and an Oscar forest green, strapless evening gown with flirty peplum (see photos). They were stunning! South Coast Plaza’s Community Relations Director and fashion show coordinator Kathryn Cenci was recognized for her efforts with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. Well deserved, I might add!

Event chair Lynn Maioriello took center stage to thank the sponsors and her committee, which included silent auction co-chairs Margaret Kalimada and Teresa Bell (it is an impressive silent auction!), sponsorship chair Patti Fukushima, who is also auxiliary president, centerpiece co-chairs Debbie Robinson and Susan Dolbee, invitations and reservations chair Mary Kate Carter, work detail co-chairs Marleen Quandt and Dana Bredenkamp, and decorations co-chairs Bunny Poolos and Sheri Worth.

A delighted Danielle Robinson walked away with one of the three opportunity drawings – a Marni handbag and gift certificate valued at $4,995. Together with underwriting, ticket monies and Charlene’s encouragement for bidders to bid in the Raise the Paddle fundraising effort, net proceeds of $289,000 were reached, which will support Mission500, a philanthropic effort led by the Mission Hospital Foundation to raise $500 million for the current and future needs of Mission Hospital and its ministries.

oops…forgot to mention the fabulous floral centerpieces, which were donated by 12 area florists, and the lovely Jo Malone fragrance guest favor.

Photos: Stephanie Adriana