AAA Fashion Show

Oct 13, 2022 | Arts & Culture

At the end of the fashion show, the models gathered one last time on the grand staircase.

Emcee Linda Stathis and model Becky Rodriquez were all laughing, as was the table of Soroptimist members.

“This is typical of what I would wear to lunch at Bill’s Villager,” model Pat Jongerius quipped.

Louanne McCumber dazzled the crowd in this cocktail dress.

Guests at the fashion show gasped when Cruella de Vil (aka Pat Jongerius) made an appearance.

Modeling their great finds

By Mary-Justine Lanyon

The runway (read “grand staircase”) at Lorna Polley’s house was every bit as fine as one in Milan or Paris when members of the Arrowhead Arts Association modeled their fabulous finds from the thrift store in Blue Jay.
Proceeds from the fashion show – which took place after a delicious lunch of several salads – benefit the music program at Rim of the World High School, with the funds going toward repairs of instruments. About $1,500 was raised.
Some of the models had already purchased their finery; other outfits were available for purchase, as were clothes hanging on a rack and jewelry on display. The message was, great clothes like these are available at the thrift store.
Volunteers from Arrowhead Arts work at the thrift store, earning money for the hours they put in. That money goes toward the AAA programs. Chryl Russell was pleased to announce they now have music programs in all three elementary schools for children in kindergarten through third grade.
Emcee Linda Stathis kept things moving with great humor as the models sashayed down the staircase. Some – like Pat Jongerius – made pithy comments. Showing off her faux fur, Jongerius said it was typical of what she would wear to lunch at Bill’s Villager. Later she appeared in an outfit reminiscent of Cruella de Vil.
Also modeling were Louanne McCumber, Becky Rodriquez, Laura Donahoe, Maryke Verdries, Shannon Henyan and hostess Lorna Polley, who came down the stairs in a lounging robe – the indication the show was over.
For more information on the Arrowhead Arts Association, their programs and events, visit


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