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September 17, 2008 > Fremont Rotary Club hosts fashion show

Fremont Rotary Club hosts fashion show

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By Courtesy of Leila Kalin

Enjoy lunch, a silent and live auction and fall fashion show with guest Carolyn Johnson, ABC Channel 7 News Anchor, on Saturday, September 20. Fremont Sunrise Rotary Club is hosting a fashion show to benefit LIFE ElderCare's Meals on Wheels Program and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Fashions from Chico's and The Men's Wearhouse will be modeled by Fremont Mayor Bob Wasserman, city councilmembers and members of the Fallen Fighters Foundation.

LIFE ElderCare is a 33 year old non-profit organization that extends services to homebound seniors in the Fremont, Newark and Union City area. Meals on Wheels delivers over 350 meals per day to frail, homebound seniors and individuals with disabilities in Fremont, Newark and Union City. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is a nationwide effort to remember America's fallen firefighters and assist their families and coworkers.

Started in 2001, this is the fifth fashion show benefit. "We have usually partnered up with different organizations, but we decided to do this one on our own," said Past President Leila Kalin, chair of the fashion show and live auction. These shows are done about every 18 months. "One will be in the spring and the next in the fall so we have a variety," said Kalin. The highlight of this show is Carolyn Johnson, News Anchor on ABC evening news, Channel 7, who will be the narrator for the fashion show part. This is the first time that a live auction with a professional auctioneer is also part of the program. "As part of our live auction a party of four may go to the studio and watch Johnson broadcast the news followed by a tour of the studio, consisting of the newsroom and also the control room," said Kalin. "We are having a live auction with a professional auctioneer, which should be exciting. We really want to make this a fun afternoon. Also, we have the entire city council modeling, including our Mayor."

Fashions by Chico's of Pleasanton and the Men's Wearhouse of Newark will feature the unique modeling talents of Wasserman and councilmembers Steve Cho, Anu Natarajan and Bob Wieckowski. Men's and Women's fashions will also be shown by other female models and members. Some of Fremont's greatest firefighters will also join the show as models. "They can really ham it up on that runway," said Kalin. "Another novel thing this time is we have some corporate sponsors who have helped tremendously," Kalin added. The largest corporate sponsors are Wal-Mart and Men's Wearhouse, while others include Heritage Bank, Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Amgen.

The cost of $50 per person includes lunch, show, and silent and live auctions. Castlewood Dress Code is formal so gentlemen: jackets please, no denim. "We are reserving seating for tables of 10 only and the remaining are open seating," said Kalin. "All of our events have been held at Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton. Earlier, I should add, our attendance on the show was 322, which is almost a sell-out crowd. We are hoping for same this time."

For tickets and further information contact Leila Kalin (510) 656-5258 or Chairman Sergio Morariu (510) 366-6615 or

Benefit Fashion Show Luncheon
Saturday, September 20
11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Castlewood Country Club,
707 Country Club Circle, Pleasanton,
(925) 485-2239

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