Fashion & fitness go together like good health & happiness


(L to R) Julie McArdle and Sister Rose Byrne.

Going to the racetrack-themed “Run for the Roses” luncheon-fashion show presented by the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center Guild was a sure bet to have a great time. The event had the atmosphere of the Kentucky Derby winner’s circle, not only because it was filled with wonderful women wearing magnificent hats, but also because the big fundraiser helped the PSJMC Guild cross the finish line with their pledge of $1 million for the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center.

Beaming from under her beautiful bonnet, guild president Kathleen Marsden welcomed everyone and gave thanks to director Julie McArdle and her committee for putting together the ultra-fashionable event. And she gave kudos to the doctor-models who participated. That’s always a highlight of the annual luncheon, and the ten fearless physicians from St. Joe’s who strutted their stuff on the runway this year were Dr. Raul Mena, Dr. Boyd Flinders, Dr. John McGroarty, Dr. Stephen McNeese, Dr. George Orloff, Dr. Augusto Silva, Dr. Stephen Yacoubian, Dr. Rex Hoffman, Dr. Ray Tatevossian and Brian Thorne with the PSJMC Foundation. I overheard Ray trying to recruit another doctor at his table, telling him how much fun it is.

Wearing the same “hat” she wore last year, Sister Rose Byrne gave the invocation and also gave credit to the guild for carrying on the work of the Sisters of Providence, who took on the mission of assisting the sick and vulnerable. Bless them all. And soon the guild will get to work on raising money for their pledge of $500,000 for the Howard and Hycy Hill Neuro Science Facility at PSJMC. Their good work never ends.

The spring fashion show featured the Carlisle Collection courtesy of Mary Linn Dedeaux, Elisabeth Saba Knits, Lyn Frances Headwear, and Ina Soltani Evening Wear, all in bright happy colors that made all the ladies smile. And wrapping up the event, prizes were awarded to the Best Derby Day Hats. Actually, everyone who attended felt like a winner.

Nightclub Cardio

(Left to right) Model-doctors on the PSJMC Guild’s “Run for the Roses” runway, Dr. Rex Hoffman, Dr. Auguso Silva, Dr. Raul Mena and Dr. Ray Tatevossian.

Now let’s go from fashion to fitness, because there’s nothing that will bring greater happiness than enjoying good health. A friend helped me discover a fun way to get fit with Nightclub Cardio at the Level 3 Nightclub at the Hollywood and Highland entertainment complex. It’s something exciting that has been created to help people become heart-healthy.

Nightclub Cardio is a weekly fitness class that makes a heart-pumping workout really fun. Every Wednesday night starting at 6:30, the class mixes various forms of dance and music to create a really great experience for those who want to melt away pounds and tone up while showing off on the dance floor. It’s more like play than work, with a live DJ spinning tunes that get the class moving. Two groovy girls, Gini Trask and Ashley DeDear, have a way of putting the fun in fitness. Their website,, explains how it’s designed for folks who hate to work out but love to dance.

The night I was there supported the cause “Dance for Diabetes,” and Polistic kicked things off teaching moves from their sexy Pilates routine, followed by a performance of their tantalizing Pole Dancing moves. Next, the girls from Karmagraphy showed us how to burn up the floor with their unique Bollywood Burn fitness. It combines the popular Indian dance style with fitness moves.

Christian Perry (“Dancing with the Stars”) and his staff from Rose City Ballroom got a Latin groove going. Then the big finale was the heart pumping Nightclub Cardio signature workout moves lead by Ashley Marriott, a sexy cardio fitness enthusiast with a passion for combining dance and aerobics. She gets your blood flowing with beat-sensitive movement geared towards targeting overall health through dance expression. Wishing good health and happiness to all.

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