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March 26, 2013 > Elks fashion fundraiser

Elks fashion fundraiser

Submitted By Tina Fernandez

The Ladies Social Club of the Fremont Elks Lodge #2121 hosted "A Celebration of Women Through Fashion and Time" on March 9, a luncheon and vintage fashion show to benefit SAVE (Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments) of Fremont. This event was made possible through the creativity and hard work of Elks First Lady Cindy Spickler, San Francisco Elks Members Jula Isola and Kimberly Manning-Aker, as well as donors, supporters, and volunteers.

The highlight of this special day was a fashion show featuring ensembles from the late 1800s through the 1960s. Fashions were provided by Isola, owner of CityVintage in South San Francisco, a studio that is a treasure trove of vintage clothing and accessories. Isola collaborated with Kimberly Manning-Aker, a Bay Area fashion historian, to style each look. As the show's emcee, Manning-Aker shared her encyclopedic knowledge of fashion. Historical references to the suffragette movement, World Wars, music and more were woven into her presentation of clothing, ranging from a look at restrictive corsets to flapper styles to mod, swinging A-line dresses from the '60s. Elks members and local residents volunteered as models and had a great time showcasing each look.

Raffles of cash and donated items included jewelry, handmade crystal and china serving trays, and gift cards to local restaurants, Strizzi's and The Vine in Niles. Over $1,000 was presented to SAVE on March 18 at the Elks Lodge. SAVE and The Elks Lodge would like to thank all those who helped make this event a success.

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