UPCOMING EVENTS

Soroptimist Int'l Alhambra to present charity fashion show Nov. 19

Soroptimist International of Alhambra, San Gabriel, and San Marino will present its annual charity event, Sweet Dreams Pajama Party and Fashion Show, on Sunday, Nov. 19, at Almansor Court, 700 S. Almansor St., Alhambra.

One hundred percent of funds raised at the event benefit Soroptimist's programs that improve the lives of women and girls locally and globally. These programs provide services and support to help women and girls identify and achieve their dreams. The “Sweet Dreams” event theme, a nod to the Soroptimist “Dream Programs,” invites attendees to dress in pajamas and lounge-wear with the promise of a prize to one lucky guest for joining in the fun. One lady and one gentleman deemed to be dressed in the “most glamorous” outfit will also be awarded a prize.

This lighthearted annual gathering usually sells out, capped off at 300 in expected attendance; so organizers encourage people to buy tickets early. Attendees can enjoy a trade fair, silent auction, door prizes, luncheon, entertainment, and a fashion show. Doors open at 11 a.m., kicking off the cocktail and holiday gift shopping hour, when guests can indulge in a selection of more than 60 creatively assembled silent auction baskets, as well as diverse offerings from clothing, accessories, and jewelry vendors. Lunch follows promptly at noon, followed immediately by the fashion show and entertainment.

Cocktails and shopping are at 11 a.m. Lunch is at noon. The fashion show and entertainment is at 1 p.m.

This year's group of unique boutiques, fashions, vendors, contributors, and entertainment elevate our annual event to a new and exciting level," said Cynthia Jarvis, Fund Raising Chair Soroptimist Alhambra. "Hopefully, guests will recognize the great work we do within the community and generously spend for a great cause that is so relevant today.

This year’s fashion lineup features local boutiques: L & M Fashions,Jade's FashionsJohnny Was, and Vidorra, showcasing an eclectic mix of styles in adult contemporary women’s wear, with selections ranging from upscale sophistication to casual, bohemian-chic. Lifestyle and fashion blogger, Nina Dominique, also joins the runway team, which embraces models of all ages, ethnicities, shapes, and sizes.

Entertainment this year includes Alhambra’s own Pop Rock Academy performing arts school for youth, and The Tappettes, an adult tap-dance troupe from Whittier, while popular KCRW DJ, Marion Hodges, spins records, providing the musical backdrop for the event.

Tickets are $55 per person, or $550 for a table of 10 (includes a free half-page acknowledgment on the event’s rotating projection screen), and must be purchased in advance by contacting a local Soroptimist member, visiting www.SIAlhambra.org, or through Eventbrite. For more info on the event, buying tickets, or vendor and advertising opportunities, visit the SIAlhambra Facebook page, or leave a message at 626-799-0219.

About Soroptimist International

Soroptimist International, divided into four Federations (the Americas, Europe, Great Britain and Ireland, and the South West Pacific), is a global volunteer movement and network with more than 75,000 club members in 122 countries. It operates at a local, national, and global level to educate, empower, and enable opportunities for women and girls. The local California chapter, Soroptimist International of Alhambra, San Gabriel, San Marino, provides programs including “Live Your Dream,” which bestows college grants to women overcoming adversity, and “Dream It, Be It,” a mentoring program for teenage girls.

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