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The Woman’s Club of South Pasadena holds its annual fashion show last Saturday at the Historic South
Pasadena Clubhouse.
Photo by Kamala Kirk

One of the popular annual events the Woman’s Club of South Pasadena hosts is the Fall Fashion Show and Luncheon. This year’s event, on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Historic South Pasadena Clubhouse, included the latest fashions from Chico’s, live music by Josh Aguiar, a silent auction, raffle prizes, boutique vendor sales and a refreshment bar.

“This event has taken place for many years and keeps the fashions relevant by appealing to all ages,” said Woman’s Club member Beverly Biber. “People who may or may not be fashionistas will support and attend the event because they know the money is going to a good cause. We’re talking about doing a fashion through the ages show for next year.”

Proceeds from the event supported the club’s scholarship programs for South Pasadena High School seniors. In the previous year, seven students from the high school received scholarships.

“It’s great fun and they do a wonderful job with the fashion show,” said Betty Emirhanian, President of Women Involved in South Pasadena Political Activity (WISPPA). “Between the scholarships and Operation Cookie and everything else, the Woman’s Club is an amazing group of people, and we love to support them.”

Local businesswoman Ellen Daigle was honored as a “Shining Star Award” recipient. The owner of Ellen’s, a South Pasadena-based apparel printing and embroidery company, Daigle recently celebrated 40 years as a business owner.

“I’m thrilled to be a Shining Star,” said Daigle. “The joy of building a business has been creative, exciting and very hard work. It’s been a wonderful and amazing journey. I’m so honored and happy to see my friends and so many women who have contributed so much to this community and to the world. Thank you all for making this amazing day possible.”

Former Shining Star Award recipient Linda Hess was also on hand to present Daigle’s award on stage.

Ellen Daigle (second from right) receives the “Shining Star Award” on Saturday during the annual fashion show of the Woman’s Club of South Pasadena. Joining her on the stage were (left to right) Sherry Plotkin (event chair), Linda Hess (presenter), Mavis Hansen (club president) and husband Joe Daigle. Photo by Henk Friezer

“It’s wonderful seeing a room full of people here to celebrate Ellen’s day,” said Hess. “She’s a community activist who stands up for people and believes that everyone should have a voice, be able to share it, and respect one another.”

Daigle was only the second individual to receive the Shining Star Award from the Woman’s Club over the years.

“The Shining Star Award isn’t presented annually — it’s when we find someone who is deserving, and that person is Ellen,” said Woman’s Club Committee Member Sherry Plotkin.

“She is persistent, driven and consistently helps others in so many ways. This morning is dedicated to the amazing women around the world, both the past and those that continue to contribute.”

David Kim, District Representative for state Sen. Anthony Portantino, also recognized the Woman’s Club by presenting the club with a special certificate on stage.

“Today is about women and celebrating women,” said Kim. “This community event is about more than looks or beauty — the true beauty is that it’s giving back to the community and supporting a number of students so that they can go on to college and be great, powerful female leaders all over the world.”

Kamala Kirk

Kamala Kirk is a contributing writer for the South Pasadena Review, San Marino Tribune and The Quarterly Magazine. Kamala formerly served as Managing Editor of Beauty Launchpad Magazine, West Coast Editor of American Salon Magazine, and Digital Editor for E! Online. A native of Hermosa Beach, California, she is a proud USC Trojan and pug mom to Wrigley the Pug (@pugofpasadena).

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