It’s always a stylish affair thanks to the ladies who put together the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center Guild’s annual fashion show and luncheon. But there was a greater sartorial air this year because of the “New York, New York” theme, and the St. Joe’s doctors look so cosmopolitan in their sharp suits and fedoras. They all had a ring-a-ding-ding quality as they strutted the runway with high-fashion models. It’s an eternal highlight of the Guild’s flagship fundraiser.
Singing classic Frank Sinatra tunes, Douglas Roegiers serenaded the gathering in Sheraton Universal’s Grand Ballroom. Then Guild president Patricia Scully welcomed everyone. She praised the many dedicated people who made the affair so fabulous, and especially gave thanks to the event’s director Barbara O’Kane. Michael A. Rembis, chief executive of Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, also acknowledged the Guild ladies “who make a difference.” And he added a plug for St. Joe’s “boutique” gift shop and its volunteers.
O’Kane was resplendent in a stylish hat, looking like she just strolled down the Big Apple’s Fifth Avenue. She saluted her co-director Donna Mahoney, “the fabulous angel on my shoulder,” along with their hard-working committee. Special thanks went to the “celebrity physician models, who always bring a lot of excitement to our day.” All made it a successful event that supports the Guild’s worthy goals. And O’Kane reminded everyone why they were there, to fulfill the Guild’s pledge for the Hycy and Howard Hill Neuroscience Institute “where we see miracles every day.”
Guild president Scully also noted, “We are very proud to support the Institute with the proceeds from our major fundraiser of the year. The Institute, its doctors and staff are accomplishing wonderful goals and we are happy to be part of their successes with our $500,000 pledge.”
Singer Douglas Roegiers acted as Master of Ceremonies and kept the “New York New York” theme going throughout the afternoon, along with a quartet of high-kicking Rockettes. Doug’s smooth introductions and announcements for the silent auction and prizes were done skillfully quick.
Notables in the audience were Hycy Hill, Sister Rose Byrne, Dr. and Mrs. Raul Mena, who made a generous donation of fine wines for the Silent Auction, and there was an introduction by Patricia E. Modrzejewski, president, Providence Health and Services Foundation, Valley regional office. The invocation was given by Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Gallagher, and superb pianist Jim Maurer entertained at the pre-event cocktail reception.
The amazing women who served on the Spring Event Committee all deserve credit: Marian Enos, in charge of the program book; Jill Allen, lovely centerpieces; Kathleen Marsden and Roberta Kerr, doing the Chances of the Day; Maureen Walsh, finance; Maria Balke, grand prize; Patricia Cassidy, hostesses; Claire Loughlin, Jackie Van Beveren, invitations; Julie McArdle, models/ graphics; Erica Mayer, Judy McDowell, opportunity prizes; Wanda Bistagne, patrons; Terry Campbell, press; Ollie Vick, reservations; Janice Khoury, Jo Massimini, silent auction; Lyne Alburn, table favors; and Lori Riela, vendors. A dynamo at 99, Grace Patz was there too, and is in charge of the Spring Card Party.
Now let’s talk fashion. The runway show was produced by Carin Holmenas. It featured stunning professional models showcasing the Lourdes Chavez Collection, with furs from Edwards-Lowell of Beverly Hills. And the eight fearless physicians from St. Joe’s who joined them on the runway were Dr. Raul Mena, Dr. Rex Hoffman, Dr. Robert Feinfield, Dr. David Sato, Dr. Steven Schmones, Dr. George Teitelbaum, Dr. Shahan Yacoubian, and Dr. Stephen Yacoubian.
Of course there were enthusiastic cheers from the crowd for the model-doctors who embodied Big Apple style. And the smooth as silk crooner Roegiers ended the perfect afternoon with the Sinatra-style blessing, “May all your hours be Happy Hours.”