On the Town: Children's Hospital guild raises funds in threes
Pasadena Guild dynamos responsible for the group's three-event sale are, from left, Ludie Driscall, Linda Stroud and Julie Withers. (October 20, 2012)
The fashion show and lunch event kicked off the sale, considered the largest and longest-running rummage sale in Southern California. Cleverly, the fashion show was held before lunch, since the show was the high point of the afternoon. Guild members were the models, and all of the fashions they modeled are being sold in today's sale (including the previous two days of the sale.)
Leading the charge were Treasures and Trivia's three chairwomen — Pasadena residents Julie Withers and Ludie Driscoll joined by Linda Stroud from San Marino. These women are hardly relaxing as “ladies who lunch” during their down time. For instance, Stroud has six children, nine grandchildren and has taught for 28 years at Pasadena City College. Stroud is also a three-year active member of the guild. These dynamos took 10 days to fill 44,000 square feet with community-donated bargains including the couture fashion, antiques, estate items, jewelry, linens, sporting goods, household items, small electronics, books, children's clothing and holiday décor. Trans Western donated the space for the items, safely stored before the sale in many bins in San Pedro.
Barbara Baptie, the guild's second vice president, and Becky Garnett, an immediate past president, must also be congratulated for the heavy lifting. They are co-chairwomen of the sale's furniture department.
First to model was Stroud, who wore her wedding gown, which she made herself. (She also stitched the gowns of her bridesmaids.) Carlin McCarthy wore a mink cape going for $200 at the sale. McCarthy toted a plush Teddy bear that was dressed in a full-length mink coat, strictly faux. The climax of the show starred models in costumes styled after those seen in TV's “Downton Abbey.” Dr. David Warburton was hands-down the star of the show. He was dressed in butler gear, representing “Carson” the butler. In real life, Warburton's specialty is developmental biology. Guild members are responsible for helping grow endowments for his research.
This year the guild is celebrating its 65th year. Established in 1947, the guild has raised more than $25 million for Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Guild members have completed six endowments (including Warburton's) in pediatric eye cancer, pediatric surgery, adolescent medicine and bone and soft-tissue research.
Warburton's developmental biology research endowments are in partnership with the Saban Research Institute at Children's Hospital.
The guild also raised funds for the hospital's new Anderson Pavilion's capital campaign.
Children's Hospital Los Angeles has been named the best children's hospital in California and among the best in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll.
The hospital is also one of America's premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation since 1932 with the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
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