It was a Ritzy fashion show and luncheon with the theme “Puttin’ On The Ritz” presented by the marvelous women of the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center Guild.
The wonderful event on April 21 was a testament to the Guild members who are true superheroes according to George Pennacchio, the ultra-charming Master of Ceremonies for the afternoon. The entertainment guru for ABC7 Eyewitness News, Pennacchio reported he had been doing interviews that morning with the stars of the new Avengers movie, but he left the comic book heroes to dash across town “to be with some real heroes, the ladies of St. Joe’s Guild,” he said.
There was lunch, fashion, entertainment and camaraderie, plus boutique shopping and many surprised raffle winners that packed the Universal Sheraton ballroom. The Guild ladies do a tremendous job every year to make their event look effortless. This time they created a Ritzy party with many of the gals decked out in flapper era costumes to add to the fun atmosphere. Everyone had a great time thanks to the 2018 Spring Event Director Kathleen Marsden and her impressive team of “can do” women.
Guild president Julie McArdle welcomed everyone and praised the ladies for their dedication and hard work. And the entire room stood and applauded when and the Guild’s spry 104-year-old “amazing Grace,” Grace Mylroie Patz was acknowledged as the event’s honorary co-director and everyone’s inspiration. The invocation was unique with Grace’s favorite poem being read about the joy of hugs.
Kelly Linden, CEO, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, also praised the Guild for the work they do as the money they raised has a significant impact on the care of patients. “We are grateful that over the years you have raised almost $8 million,” she said.
Lucinda Miedema produced the runway show featuring entertaining routines from ballroom dancers and Ritzy fashions. Models showcased the collections from Lourdes Chavez Couture and Sue Wong Designs.
Always the highlight of the event is seeing Providence Saint Joseph’s doctors trading in their scrubs for sharp tuxedos and strutting their stuff alongside the lovely models. Some of the model-doctors had their families in the audience, which added to the cheers throughout the ballroom. Enjoying their trip down the runway the celebrity physicians included Raul Mena, David Sato, Mark Gerard, Daniel Eisenberg, George Orloff, Robert Gall, Christopher Lee, and CFO Glenn Bales with the big white dog Romeo on the catwalk. The modeling was done with great charm and flair adding to the success of the show.
The Spring event is the flagship fundraiser for the Guild’s wonderful legacy of helping such worthwhile projects as the Disney Family Cancer Center, the Howard and Hycy Hill Neuroscience Center and most recently the Cusumano Family Outpatient Center to treat a broad range of neurological conditions.
There were so many great ladies on the Event Committee who served to make it such a success. In addition to director Kathleen Marsden, and the Guild’s “national treasure” Grace Mylroie Patz, among those helping to make it a success were Marian Enos, Lucy Brown, Maria Balke, Terri Lee, Rhoberta Kerr, Patricia Cassidy, Karen Barragan, Norma Patino, Jill Allen, Donna Mahoney, Ollie Vick, Sharon Reid, Patricia Scully, Patricia Cimo, Kristine Reiter, Dee Call, Lori Riela and Maureen Walsh.
President Julie McArdle told the audience that studies have shown that “volunteer workers live longer,” so she offered an invitation for new members to join the Guild (call 818-352-5511) and make some wonderful new friends.
Margie Barron is a member of the Television Critics Association and has written for a variety of top publications for more than 35 years, and was proud to be half of the husband and wife writing team of Margie and Frank Barron.