“God rolls out the red carpet daily for all,” Sister Rose Byrne said in her opening blessing to all in attendance at the fantastic fashion show/luncheon presented by the Providence St. Joseph Medical Center Guild. That was a nod to the “On the Red Carpet” theme for the exciting event, and Sister Rose praised the extraordinary work that the ladies of the Guild do every day.
Their efforts turned the annual fundraiser into a glamorous affair that PSJMC Guild president Patt Scully compared to Hollywood’s Oscar night, “with glamour, glitter, good food, lovely entertainment and fabulous fashions.”
The glitz and glam started when the Guild ladies and supporters arrived on the red carpet set up at the entrance of the Sheraton Universal’s Grand Ballroom. It was my pleasure to greet everyone like the true superstars they are in the community. The Guild has more than 68 years of service to the Medical Center, and that certainly deserves an achievement award.
There were lots of leading men on hand too. Trading in their scrubs for tuxedos, doctors from St. Joe’s took on the role of celebrity models, escorting the high-fashion models down the runway. It is always a highlight of the event, and the fearless physicians who participated were Dr. Raul Mena, Dr. Rex Hoffman, Dr. Shahan Yacoubian, Dr. Stephen Yacoubian, Dr. David Sato, Dr. Mark Mikhael, Dr. Nicholas Testa, plus Charles Cusumano, Omar Duenes, Dave Emter, Glen Bales, and Michael Rembis, CEO PSJMC. Some of the doctors handed out roses to their fans in the audience.
Pulling double duty as models and emcees were Dr. Daniel Eisenberg and Dr. Mark Gerard who seemed to capture the sharp humorous spirit of Billy Crystal hosting the Oscar. They were “absolutely marvelous!” Dr. Eisenberg has been on staff at St. Joe’s for 30 years, and Dr. Gerard for 25, and they gave thanks for “all the angels sitting in this room, who make miracles happen.”
Stunning and marvelous were Kathleen Marsden, director of “On the Red Carpet” and her co-chair Julie McArdle, who wanted to give out “best supporting” awards to their team. The event would not have been produced without them: Donna Mahoney, advisor; Marian Enos, Connie Lawless, advertising program book; Terri Lee, Lucy Brown, Spring card party; Julie McArdle, Roberta Kerr, centerpieces; Marti McLeod, chances of the day; Pamela Shriftman, finance; Maria Balke, grand prize; Patricia Cassidy, hostesses; Maureen Walsh, invitations; Julie McArdle, models/graphics; Jerry Delauney, opportunity prizes; Wanda Bistagne, patrons; Terry Campbell, press; Jo Massimini, Chik Smaldino, silent auction; and Ollie Vick, table favors. And a get well should go to Lori Riela who worked with the vendors. Handling reservations were Dee Call and the legendary superstar of the Guild, the 100-years-young Grace Mylroie Patz. She’s my favorite action hero!
Piano movie themes were played by the talented Jim Maurer at the start of the afternoon. And later blockbuster entertainment came from singer Laura Ellis singing classic Hollywood tunes in the spotlight on the runway. The fashion show was produced by Lucinda Miedema and featured the ultra-elegant styles from the Sue Wong Collection. Also featured were Elisabeth Saba Custom Knits and Fabulous Furs designed by Donna Sayers with guilt free faux furs.
The finale had all the model-doctors line up on the runway for a well-deserved bow generating cheers from the crowd. Elizabeth LaBorde, executive director/v.p. of the Providence Health and Services Foundation, Valley regional office, mentioned that the mantra at PSJMC is “Know me, care for me, ease my way.” And that’s what the Guild does, with some women who have been with them for 50 years. They volunteer at the gift shop and plan extraordinary events like the flagship fundraiser fashion show, which helps to fulfill the Guild’s $500,000 pledge for the Hycy and Howard Hill Neuroscience Institute “where we see miracles every day.”
Hycy Hill was there to enjoy the event, and Guild president Patt Scully said, “We are very proud to continue our support of the Institute, its doctors and staff who are accomplishing wonderful goals.” They are true superstars.