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Joining me at CASA's Second Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon are, from left, AnQi's Elizabeth An, CASA Ball co-chair Wendy Tenebaum, Barbara Bui's Liz Tate, and ball co-chair Lourdes Nark

Joining me at CASA OC’s Celebration of Children’s Second Annual Fashion Show & Luncheon are, from left, AnQi’s Elizabeth An, CASA’s Black & White Ball Co-Chair Wendy Tenebaum, Barbara Bui’s Liz Tate, and Black & White Co-Chair Lourdes Nark

A stunning flower cart overflowing with breathtaking florals and an over-sized, back-lit Eiffel Tower greeted the 144 guests at CASA Orange County’s Second Annual Celebration of Children’s Fashion Show & Luncheon at South Coast Plaza’s AnQi Gourmet Bistro. The “Party in Paris” theme was well-received by all, as were the Barbara Bui fashions straight from the City of Light via its South Coast Plaza boutique.

The South Coast Plaza day started with a champagne reception at Jo Malone, where guests enjoyed sipping mimosas, while sampling the latest fragrances from the popular perfumer and entering a raffle for a Jo Malone Orange Blossom Candle. Jo Malone Account Executive Jeanina Esparza and Boutique Manager Katherine Seach were gracious hosts to all.

Gathering at AnQi for the luncheon and fashion presentation, guests were further introduced to the whimsical Parisian theme by colorful upside down umbrellas hung from the ceiling and, together with pink uplighting, gave the soiree a decidedly Valentine’s Day feel. The table decor featured black tables with pink silk table runners and varying shades of pink rose centerpieces. Guests could purchase the roses, which were tied in small bundles, from the centerpieces and the flower cart. Kudos to Linda Young’s Elite OC Productions, who oversaw the decor and production of the entire fundraiser.

Three handsome male models wearing French berets sold opportunity prize tickets, which included a Jo Malone gift basket with a private party in your home, an AnQi Valentine’s Day dinner for two with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, a $1000 South Coast Plaza gift certificate and one-year valet pass, and a 1.4 cts. diamond bangle from Lugano Diamonds, CASA Celebration of Children’s Emerald Sponsor.

The Barbara Bui resort and summer fashions, co-sponsored by South Coast Plaza and shown on AnQi’s all-glass runway, were fresh and engaging, with a sunny urban vibe to resort and a denim rock couture salute to summer. Lourdes Nark and Wendy Tenebaum, co-chairs of CASA’s upcoming Celebration of Children Black & White Ball, welcomed everyone and encouraged them to support the nonprofit’s major fundraiser on April 25th. Tenebaum, a CASA advocate who mentors and supports a CASA foster child, spoke about why her involvement means so much to her and to the child. “We show up for the child week after week, so they know someone cares,” she said. Gordon Clune, husband of Elizabeth An, CEO of House of An of AnQi Gourmet Bistro fame, spoke on behalf of his voice-less wife, about the family’s support of CASA, a nonprofit near and dear to their family’s collective hearts.

Following a delicious lunch, featuring a yummy soy glazed salmon salad, the fundraiser segued into an exclusive after-party at the Barbara Bui boutique with delicious macaroons and French Champagne. Boutique manager Liz Tate greeted everyone and drew the winning ticket in the raffle for a Barbara Bui “Air” leather handbag.

Jo Malone and Barbara Bui offered 15% of their sales proceeds to CASA, and Lugano Diamonds offered 10% of sales through February 14, with the effort netting $25,753 for CASA.  AnQi presented guests with a $25 gift certificate towards dinner.

CASA’s executive committee members, who were there to support gala co-chairs Nark and Tenebaum included Jeanina Esparza, Nancy Eaton, Irene Martino, Daryl Nelson, Sally Roberts, Jaynine Warner, and Linda Young.

Selected photos by Happy Photos

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