Honoree Mary Alice Braley is escorted by presenter Rick Pap Miller of Children’s Hospital Long Beach. (Photo by Shirley Wilde, Press-Telegram/SCNG)
The Long Beach Auxiliary of Miller Children’s Hospital, founded in 1946, presented a long-standing favorite fashion show last month.
About 400 people attended the Feb. 25 event at Hyatt Regency. The theme of the day was “Hearts Meet” and the event raised around $85,000.
Auxiliary President Roxy House presented her with a beautiful bouquet of flowers (provided by Stalks and Blooms) as Mary Alice Briley and the audience cheered as she was escorted by Rick Papp. Mary Alice has been a member since 1964 and is honored for her many years of support.
Rick Papp has been the celebrated event’s executive producer for the past 20 years.
“It just wouldn’t be the same without him,” said Margie Penny, who has been the fundraising chair since 2010.
The event was preceded by the ever-popular silent auction. The silent auction featured 200 items under the direction of Megan Flynn.
Lunch centerpieces were delightful sunflowers in memory of Cheres Marie. Keynote speaker Christy Leighton, Children’s Rehabilitation Manager at Toddler Gym, updated the audience about the facility. Cheres Marie Lauher Children’s Village Adolescent Gym will be the recipient of the successful event.
The elegant dresses are designed by Anna Gupta Couture. Roger Cannamar of Reverend Apparel offers daywear. All presented by Couture Productions.
Featured in the show: Rob Gunslus, president of the Long Beach Memorial Foundation; Kathy Wider, executive director of development at Memorial Care Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital Long Beach; Pediatrics Medical Group; Dr. James Fritzl and wife Christila Torres, Chris Lolhere, Mary Alice Braley, Leslie Schlach, Judy Jacobus, Carol England, R & M Bank; Marian Dilday, Megan Flynn, Lisa Maloney, Rita Goshert, Richley Steele, Beatrice Jimenez, Tina Page, Sally Lane, Kathy Milich, Linda Dilday and Joan Barlow.
Rick Ruckers 2023 Woman of the Year
Despite the rain on March 10, the Grand Events Center was filled with warm wishes from 183 guests to Marlene Temple, the 67th annual Rick Rakers Auxiliary Woman of the Year.
A fun party and ceremony is held each year for the previous women of the year, who are escorted to the dais by current Rick Rucker members. The parade is a special and proud moment in the celebration.
Before the formal ceremony, school bell chairs Christina Mansour and Gloria Reyes presented a Dress-A-Child video presentation. Rick Rakers’ primary philanthropic program, Operation School Bell provides school uniforms to children in Kindergarten through 12th grade in the Long Beach Unified School District. Last year, the organization clothed 14,000 LBUSD school children.
Echoing the festive invitation, the head table was decorated with beautiful blue floral centerpieces. Backstage, little Marlene was “stepping up” to get to the microphone as she delivered her rousing acceptance speech, bringing smiles to the audience.
In the year In 2003, Marlene and Don Temple founded the Temple Family Charities. Marlene has served as the foundation’s president since 2013, focusing on projects that touch all aspects of life in Long Beach, from sea otters at the Aquarium of the Pacific to LBCC. The many organizations Marlene has supported over the years were represented by attendees from DAAG, Steel Magnolias, Musical Theater West, Rancho Los Cerritos and Long Beach Memorial.
Former Women of the Year who participated in the event: Karen Clements, Melva Miller, Mary Alice Braley, Jill Rosenberg, Shirley Wild, Sande Rice, Shirley Butch, Gloria Dekmiyaan, Marie Hooper, Candace Stacey, Norma Marter, Judy McNulty Black, Susan Bell, Julie Toboada, Tammy Newland, Lynn Pillsbury, Cathy Lingle and Jane Netherton.
Featured in the show: Woman of the Year Chair Katie Conley, Rick Rucker Chair Christina Mansour, Councilman Daryl Supernau, Paul Garmin, Lisa Mays, Cheri Bazley, Ginny Paxter, Penny Wills, Kathy Wade, Vicki Sullos, Maria Harris, Kathy DeSilva, Holly Reinhard, Dana Houser, Staci Keller.
Steel magnolias annual member brush
In the year Women’s “lunch” turned into women’s “brunch” as Steel Magnolias ushered in the new year under blue skies during the annual members’ brunch at Roe Restaurant in Belmont Shore on February 19.
About 30 members gather on the popular restaurant’s umbrella-laden patio for welcome mimosas and delicious brunch served at a farm-style table. Members and their guests had their choice of an expensive breakfast menu, some noshed on smoked salmon and bagels with all the accoutrements, while others enjoyed avocado toast, breakfast burritos and Ro’s signature Brekki Bowl.
Guests raised their glasses in anticipation of future in-person events. Table discussion quickly turned to Steel Magnolias’ plans for this year’s signature event, which will feature a Kentucky Derby theme on Sunday, May 7 at the Los Alamitos Race Course.
Featured in the show: President Bobby Fessler and President-Elect Michelle Dobson, Teresa Brunella, Dana Buchanan, Andrea and Matt Crompton, Stephanie Davis, Diana Eastman, Tony Gagliardi and his sister Elena Papini, Lynn and Jack Gessner, Surina Geoffrey, Dane and Niall Hickerson, Marie Hooper, Jean Joseph, Joan Knight, Liz Krummell, Cheryl Lemmon, Sherry Loos, Patti Martin, Randy Martin, Hilda Sanchez and past President/Event Chairman Elizabeth Borsting.
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