Making Moms proud, the Model-Doctors on the Runway


Doctors on the runway.

Beaming smiles radiated like sunshine for the “April Showers” themed fashion show luncheon presented by the wonderful ladies from the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center Guild. The annual event is the flagship fundraiser for the Guild and always fills the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Universal Hotel. Its popularity is not only because so many support the Guild’s worthy goals, but also the fashion show features doctors from St. Joe’s strutting the catwalk.

“The celebrity physicians and staff models who escort the beautiful models down the runway are always a highlight,” said PSJMC Guild president Kathleen Marsden, who welcomed everyone to last week’s event. She also asked all the Guild ladies to stand up and take a well-deserved bow for all their efforts year round. Special recognition went to hardworking Lucy Brown, Jo Massimini, and their committee for organizing the fabulous event.

The “April Showers” afternoon was sprinkled with laughs thanks to master of ceremonies Harold Greene, the award-winning journalist from CBS 2 News and KCAL. Sister Rose Byrne gave an Irish blessing and called the Guild women a “tremendous gift, those who touch lives with their generous service.” Sister Colleen Settles, the Chief Mission Officer, gave the invocation. And while we’re counting our blessings, let’s give a shout-out to Grace Patz, at 98 she’s a dynamo in charge of reservations. Marian Enos also deserves praise for all her work on the program book, and press chairwoman Terry Campbell. All in the Guild are working hard to honor their pledge to raise half a million dollars for the Hycy and Howard Hill Neuroscience Institute in Burbank.

The fashion show was presented by Lucinda Miedema of Couture Productions, and ballroom dance professionals Michael Kuka and Natalia Lind wowed everyone with their tangos. But it was the doctors strolling the runway with the oh-so-lovely professional models that provided the most entertainment for the crowd. Honorary Guild member Dr. Raul Mena always gets cheers, and joining him were doctors Daniel Eisenberg, Mark Gerard, Rex Hoffman, Franklin Kase, Michael Marvi, Stephen McNeese, George Teitelbaum, Shahan Yacoubian, and Stephan Yacoubian, plus the foundation’s Ron Blitzer. I’ll bet all their mothers would be very proud of their “model” sons!

Chicago Has?Christie Brinkley Strutting Her Stuff

One of the world’s most successful supermodels, the dynamic Christie Brinkley will reprise her “killer” role in the musical smash Chicago, May 15 to 27 at the Pantages Theatre. Brinkley has already received critical acclaim playing “Roxie Hart” in the Tony Award-winning show on Broadway and in London’s West End. Also starring is John O’Hurley as tap dancing lawyer “Billy Flynn.” Chicago producer Barry Weissler says, “I’m excited to share with audiences the stellar performance that Christie delivers.”

In addition to her phenomenal supermodel career, Christie is known for her commitment to health and fitness. She wrote and illustrated a health and beauty book, Christie Brinkley’s Outdoor Beauty and Fitness Guide which topped The New York Times bestseller list. She also shines as a photographer, designer, actress, and philanthropist. Plus she has launched a line of natural skin care products as part of her new company, Christie Brinkley Beauty.

But more than that, she is a proud mother of three children, Sailor Lee and Jack Paris, and actress/singer Alexa Ray Joel. No doubt she’s looking forward to celebrating Mother’s Day.

My Three Sons Day

Did you know that My Three Sons Day in Los Angeles will be proclaimed at City Hall on May 16? Councilman Tom LaBonge will designate the day as “My Three Sons Day in Los Angeles.” Attending the event will be sons Barry Livingston, Stan Livingston, and Tim Considine. Other cast members, series regulars, and guest stars are expected to attend the ceremony as well.

The TV comedy My Three Sons was an American institution from 1960 to 1965 on ABC, and then CBS until 1972. The show chronicled the life of a widower, played by Fred MacMurray, raising his three sons. The sons were played by Tim Considine, Don Grady, Stanley Livingston, and later Barry Livingston. The series also featured William Frawley, of I Love Lucy fame, and later William Demarest. Towards the end of its long run, the wonderful Beverly Garland joined the show as the ideal step-mom.

Kudos to all the moms everywhere.

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