Catwalk For A Cure Sonoma County

Catwalk For A Cure Sonoma County

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!


Photo by Jennifer Wall

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!


Mariah of Mariah Smith Photography had a table at the event. You may recall my Modern Beauty photo shoot last spring. I love seeing the photos of glamorous women from all over the North Bay Area.


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.


Photo by Jennifer Wall

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!

Photo by Will Bucquoy of WB Photography

Photo by Will Bucquoy of WB Photography

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.

Photo by Will Bucquoy of WB Photography

Photo by Will Bucquoy of WB Photography

Next, the entertainment beganAmazing 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. 


  1. October 7, 2014 / 5:27 am

    This looks like a fun, purposeful event. Stephanie is gorgeous and I love how you did your pink with accessories…looks like it was a good time, though a serious subject.

  2. October 7, 2014 / 5:33 am

    What a cool event for a great cause. TFS


  3. Kathy
    October 7, 2014 / 5:35 am

    Looks like a fun event for a very worthwhile cause. Love your outfit, and the touches of pink.

  4. October 7, 2014 / 10:49 am

    Oh Adrienne,
    This looks like it was an amazing day! Love what you wore too.. perfect..

  5. October 7, 2014 / 2:31 pm

    Hi I Own Sonoma Cake Creations. Jenn Wall Can Confirm. I Was Hoping You Could Tag, Or Give Me Credit For The Mini Cupcakes. I Have Been Doing This Event With Jenn For Over 5 Years. Thank you

    • Adrienne Shubin
      October 7, 2014 / 5:23 pm

      Sure! I am happy to do that for you.

  6. October 7, 2014 / 10:23 pm

    I saw some of your pictures on Instagram – what a wonderful, fun event for a great cause. I love your outfit – the pops of pink are perfect. I need that sign on the cupcake table! Thanks for sharing such a great event!

  7. Linda Salazar
    October 8, 2014 / 7:36 am

    Adrienne, is there no end to all the fun events you are able to attend? What fun and for a good cause too.

    Love your outfit and what a cool hat!


  8. October 8, 2014 / 10:40 am

    What a wonderful cause and event. I hope they exceeded their fundraising goals. Barefoot Bubbly is one of my favorites, I’m so pleased to see their support efforts. Love the 2 new pink hats!

  9. October 8, 2014 / 9:57 pm

    Wow!! What a fabulous party for such a great cause. It’s so unnerving to hear about these very young women getting breast cancer! I used to think of it as an old woman’s disease…no more!! I love your outfit. You look terrifically chic in that fedora. I really need to revisit that hat shop. They have the best hats!!
    xoxo Jennifer

  10. October 9, 2014 / 2:59 pm

    Adrienne, I love a fashion show! This looks like so much fun and what a great cause. I love that all these businesses came forward to do something special. They did a darling job creating this from the chandeliers to the vintage china! Sounds like a really fun day! Thanks for showing it all. I love those pink baseball hats too and your Montecristi hat was perfect for this. xx Kim

  11. October 10, 2014 / 8:52 am

    This looks like a fabulous event and for such a worthy cause, Adrienne. The stories the survivors share are powerful. Stephanie is lovely and what fun for her to be pampered by the makeup artist. I had the pleasure of styling for the ‘Celebration of life beyond breast cancer’ just last weekend in Chico. My time spent styling and hearing stories from such courageous women was awe-inspiring.
    Being able to share hope and inspiration is a true gift of blogging, isn’t it? Lovely post!

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