Seven steps to a heavenly catwalk

Our Laguna

March 17, 2006|By BARBARA DIAMOND

The Board of Realtors and Affiliates presented local models and local fashions for the enjoyment of a local audience for the "Seventh Annual Only in Laguna Fashion Show."

"This is one of the most popular events all year in Laguna," show coordinator Patty Truman said. "Only in Laguna are the mayor and many local dignitaries on the runway modeling and having a great time. This is a heavenly place."

Truman chose the theme for this year's show, "Laguna ? A Heavenly Place." She was inspired by Arnold Hano's description of Mayor Elizabeth Pearson-Schneider as "Laguna's Angel" for her efforts on behalf of the families displaced by the Bluebird Canyon landslide.


The fashions were divine, modeled by Pearson-Schneider, Sande St. John, City Treasurer Laura Parisi, No Square Theatre and "Lagunatics" founder Bree Burgess Rosen, Realtor Maria Elena Banks, firefighter Dean Rush, affiliates Faye Kirk, Rick Cirelli, Charisse Lake, Cammie Klein, Chris Williams, Milton Aguilar and Realtors Board President Michael Gosselin.

"The board is proud to be part of this community," Gosselin said. "Last year, we donated more than $100,000 locally."

"I would like to thank event co-chairs Faye Kirk and Rick McIntryre and of course, Patty, who is the heart and soul of the event and the affiliates of the board, who don't get recognizied enough."

Proceeds from the show benefited three non-profit community organizations: No Square Theatre, the Laguna Beach Woman's Club, and the Community Clinic.

This year's recipients were well represented in the show and in the audience.

The laryngitis that kept Burgess Rosen from her customary singing of the "Star Spangled Banner" to open the fashion show (Banks subbed for her) didn't keep her off the runway.

And parodies sung by "Lagunatics" cast members Gregg Barnette, Randy Hatfield, Paul Sigmund, Angel Caban and Michael Irish sparkled throughout the show.

No Square Theatre was recognized for the theatrical training and stage experience the group offers to local amateur performers of all ages, nurturing a love of theater and all performing arts.

Kirk, who first proposed the fashion show to the affiliate board in 2000, is also on the board of the clinic. Seated with Kirk's husband, Realtor Bob Chapman, were clinic supporters John Link, Claudia Crawford and Carolyn Bent.

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