On Friday I attended the 12th annual Catwalk for a Cure Sonoma County, a breast cancer fundraiser in Sonoma County put on by Sutter Health. Each year this fashion show, live auction and luncheon raises tens of thousands of dollars for Sutter’s Breast Cancer Screening and Support programs. On top of it being such a worthy cause, it’s also a whole lotta fun!
It was a luncheon event outdoors on a very hot day and I debated what to wear. The theme for the event this year was Mad Hatter, but since my decision to attend was last minute, I decided to make things easy on myself and just focus on the color pink. I have very few pink items in my wardrobe so I asked my friends at Montecristi Panama Hats of Napa Valley if I could wear this Homero Ortega Panama hat. I thought the hat would be perfect with my hot pink Ivanka Trump pumps, J. Crew Minnie ankle pants, Calvin Klein layered tank and a hot pink clutch.
It has been sweltering hot around here lately. Would you believe it’s hotter now, in October, than it was in most of July? The temps got close to 100 on Friday and I was happy to have a hat to keep the sun off my head and out of my eyes during the reception portion of the event.
I love the black band, black trim and the shape of the brim on this hat. You can choose to wear your brim up in the front, as it is in back, but I prefer to wear my Panama hats down over the eyes a bit. More mysterious that way, you know!
The first thing I saw when I arrived at the event was a icy bucket of Barefoot Bubbly!
My friend, Jennifer Wall is a winemaker for Barefoot and is heavily involved in many local charities. I have known Jen since I first moved to Sonoma County 15 years ago. She is a successful business person with a gorgeous family (three kids!), a big heart and a big smile to match. That’s her on the far right in the photo below.
Jen and her friendly team members quickly got me set up with a glass of chilled Pink Moscato.
Then I was off to check out the vendors. There were cute little cupcakes (which pair nicely with bubbly!) from Sonoma Cake Creations.
And shopping! The Bus Shoppe is an old school bus converted in to a mobile vintage store. How brilliant is that? I wonder if they make house calls? This gorgeous model and I connected over our mutual height. She agreed to pose for a photo in her Steampunk/Mad Hatter costume. So fun!
I couldn’t help but notice all the fantastic details around the event like these dangling frames, little pink flamingos and colorful pom-pons.
And these were quite the brassieres!
After the reception, everyone headed to the big white tent for the main event.
Inside, the decor was just as whimsical. Tea cup chandeliers hung from the top of the tent. Aren’t they darling?
I quickly found my tangle and was thrilled to be sitting with the Barefoot Bubbly team!
One of the major contributors, they also gave each guest a goodie bag. I will get a lot of use from my fun, purple re-useable grocery sack.
Jennifer gave me a Barefoot hat to wear and take home with me. Tori, my 19-year-old stepdaughter, is already trying to “borrow” it from me!
Before the fashion show got underway, lunch was served. It was catered by John Ash & Co. and served on beautiful vintage mismatched china.
And for dessert, more cupcakes with prosecco!
During our meal, the guest speaker, Stephanie Frick told her story of being diagnosed at 29 with aggressive breast cancer. She stood on stage so bravely with her husband and small son nearby and shared her experience from her initial diagnosis, through many months of treatments and now recovery.
Next, the entertainment began. Amazing Fairytale Parties opened up the show with a fantastic Mad Hatter number.
Then it was time for fashion, fashion and more fashion! From the ’80s to boho chic…..
and hunky firemen, medics and cyclists showing lots of skin. There was something interesting for everyone!
What a fun and worthwhile way to spend a Friday in October. I hope to return next year!
Make it a rich day!
Disclosure: I was given the Homero Ortega hat to wear by Montecristi Panama Hats Company of Napa Valley. All opinions expressed here are, as always, my own.