Wonderful women appeared to be wearing their most elegant Easter finery at the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center Guild’s annual fashion show. Even more sartorial splendor was seen on the genial doctors who volunteered to strut their stuff as they escorted lovely professional models down the catwalk.
It’s always a stylish affair put on by the ladies who make the PSJMC Guild’s fashion show luncheon its flagship fundraiser. Currently the Guild is working on meeting its pledge for the Hycy and Howard Hill Neuroscience Institute. Guild president Kathleen Marsden welcomed everyone to the event by giving thanks to the many dedicated people who made it so fabulous. She especially wanted it known that “this event would not have happened without the excellent planning and organizing of our director and past president Donna Mahoney and her co-director Ollie Vick — along with their wonderful committee.”
Under the direction of Mahoney, the theme of the event, “The Spirit of Hawaii,” was realized as the Aloha spirit filled the ballroom of the Universal Sheraton. A runway was set up for the fashion show that also featured Hula dancers and Hawaiian music. The show, produced by Carin Holmenas, was a dazzling display of designs featuring sporty styles from Tommy Bahama, the stunning Lourdes Chavez Collection and Furs by Edwards-Lowell.
The model-doctors embodied style and charm as they first came out in casual wear from the islands, and later in tuxedos. Enjoying the extravaganza, the celebrity physicians were Daniel Eisenberg, Mark A. Gerard, Richard A. Kuritzkes, Michael Marvi, Stephen C. McNeese, Stephan V. Yacoubian, Raymond Tatevossian and Raul R. Mena, plus Brian Thorne, executive director of Providence Holy Cross Foundation. They received cheers and a few “whoo whoos” from the crowd.
The honored guest of the event was Hycy Hill, who was thanked for her generosity by Guild president Marsden. “We were sad when we heard the news that Howard Hill passed away this past year. We thank his lovely wife Hycy for all that you and Howard have done to make the Institute a reality,” Marsden said, referring to the Hycy and Howard Hill Neuroscience Institute, which the PSJMC Guild is supporting with its $500,000 pledge. Donna Mahoney noted that it will be a great accomplishment to meet the goal as the Guild celebrates its 65th anniversary.
Reverend James Toal gave the invocation, and Sister Rose Byrne, praised as a dear friend of the Guild, gave the blessing. Among the other great people I saw at the event was the 97-year-old dynamo Grace Patz, who has done it all for the Guild, and was handling the reservations table with gusto. Another woman I admire is Terry Campbell. Like so many with the organization, she radiates the spirit of the Guild through her volunteering and dedication. The efforts of everyone connected with the annual fashion show make it a tremendous success, and leaves everyone smiling, especially the model-doctors who are already looking forward to strolling the runway next spring.