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IMG_3743Stilettos were the theme, and 200 ladies (a sell-out!) turned out in their stiletto best on  a recent spring day to celebrate the third annual “Stiletto Strut” to benefit the Beckstrand Cancer Association. Hosted by Neiman Marcus, Fashion Island, and its amazing PR Director Michaele Hall, the “strut” took place in front of the luxury retailer, where local businesses gathered in a custom promenade to show their wares and offer gifts to all.

It was quite the strut, with Rebecca Taylor offering animal print iphone cases, Lait, a white tea candle, a gift certificate for a chicken sandwich and cookie sundae from Chick-fil-A (with the adorable Chick-fil-A cow making an appearance), puppy treats from Mutteropolis, a complimentary manicure at The Spa at Pelican Hill, a Trina Turk scarf and $50 gift certificate, a Wine Wives jeweled wine glass, an Uno de 50 necklace, a Rox Spa $50 gift certificate and anti-oxidant serum, a Renaissance Club Sport 3-day pass and gift, a Knockout Tan buy one/get one free spray tan offer, $25 towards a LashSpot eyelash extension service, a choice of Nekter natural juices, a Sugar Face Polish mask from Fresh, a complimentary Canaletto Ristorante Veneto beverage and dessert, and a Native Foods Cafe $10 gift certificate. Gretchen Rossi from The Real Housewives of Orange County made a personal appearance to show her Gretchen Christine handbag and makeup line, with a pair of false eyelashes for everyone.

With our complimentary Stiletto Strut totes jam-packed, we gathered in the Neiman Marcus Couture Salon on the second level, where an elegant luncheon was held with a black and white theme, accented with splashes of color in the floral centerpieces donated by Orange Coast Magazine and at the Casey’s Cupcakes table, where stiletto-shaped shortbread cookies were iced in orange frosting. The Canaletto-catered luncheon was delish, as were the latest spring fashions from Neiman’s modeled informally by professional models.

A fun stiletto contest saw Tracy DiGiorgio win as Best Strutter and her daughter Isabella won the Cutest Kitten Heel, while Therese Howe won as the Most Likely to Trip in her Stilettos. With ticket sales and monies raised from the opportunity drawing, more than $22,000 was netted for cancer patients and their families through Beckstrand, a record for the event! Beckstrand’s Executive Director Lil Spitzer and the nonprofit’s national spokesperson Eva La Rue of CSI: Miami fame expressed their gratitude. La Rue had a birthday cake brought in for her mother Marcie, who was celebrating her birthday that day. Kudos are also due the event co-chairs, who included Cheryl Goldberg, Kathryn Harman, Alana Lee, and Tracy DiGiorgio.