Friends of Dorothy Take to Runway, Raise $68K

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Mark Eskander, event organizer Barbara Venezia and Kevin Young.

The Friends of Dorothy Guild raised more than $68,000 to support AIDS Services Foundation Orange County at its fifth annual Spring on the Runway Fashion Show Rave.

The splashy fundraiser, chaired by The Friends of Dorothy Guild founder Barbara Venezia, was held at a warehouse owned by Susie and Kevin Coleman that backs up to the runways of John Wayne Airport and is used for private aircraft – thus the name of the event.

Designers and manufacturers from San Francisco, Los Angeles and Orange County took the spotlight on the 70-foot fashion runway. The sold-out crowd of 500 cheered one-of-a-kind gowns by LA designer Clay Sadler; casual menswear from Margaritaville Apparel, also from Los Angeles; ladies spring /resort wear by Costa Mesa’s Tulum Island Boutique; custom tailored menswear by Rod Alan , also of Costa Mesa; leather from San Francisco-based West Coast Leather and the OC’s own Dark 8 Leather.

The signature of any Dorothy fashion show is the men’s underwear finale – always a crowd pleaser. Underwear was provided by LA’s Freedom Reigns. This year, even the female models wore the men’s underwear accessorized with red Dorothy Guild t-shirts.

On hand were many special guests and underwriters. Mark Eskander, family members representing the Crean Family Foundation, Howard Gleicher and Damon Chen, Tom Ray,  Snyder Langston, Maureen Callahan, ASF Executive Director Phil Yaeger and Board Chairman Shelly Virkstis,  David Pzeracki, Brian Kraft and Keith Copeland, Dennis Seiting, Stan Tkaczyk, Richard Mojica, Mary Raymond, Adam Neeley, Susan and Tom Neas, Judy Fluor Runnels and Judy Barry.

Ginger Giordano, Stan Tkaczyk, Joni Balier, Linda Jonstno.
Susie, Sabrina and Tom Neas.


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