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11th Annual Couture for a Cause: Helping Children in Need

12 Sep 2018 11:55 PM | Anonymous

By Ellen Zacarias

The ALA (Association of Legal Administrators) threw its 11th annual Couture for a Cause at the Natural History Museum at Balboa Park. Attendees had a chance to participate in a silent auction for prizes donated by sponsors such as designer handbags, hotel stays, and hair styling services. All proceeds benefited Voices for Children and STAR/PAL, both organizations promoting youth welfare. 

Many attorneys, paralegals, legal secretaries, and other legal professionals had arrived straight from work, and were ready for some nice, cold drinks. Servers offered trays of delectable hors d'oeuvres and bartenders flanked the area, offering drinks from beer to wine. The San Diegan legal community is small, and it is common to cross paths with familiar faces. 

Several SDPA members arrived to show their support and to enjoy the fashion show hosted by Nicholas J. Fox of Foley & Lardner LLP and featuring announcer Douglas Glass of Glass Mediations. Models who walked the runway in fancy suits and outfits included prominent attorneys and legal business professionals such as Vincent Maguire from Knox Attorney Services Inc. and Vanessa Gerard, a San Diego Deputy District Attorney. 

The charities, Voices for Children and STAR/PAL, also made their presentations. Ashlee of Voices for Children spoke about her childhood and experiences in foster care and how her CASA volunteer helped her. Gabriel of STAR/PAL spoke of the challenges he has endured in his personal life and how STAR/PAL's Making Changes program has helped him connect with people and find support during a difficult time in his life. 

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Photo Gallery:

Photo (from left to right): Julie Schwartz (President), Arthur Chavez, June Hunter, Jennifer Keating-Wolk, Sheila Grela, Ellen Zacarias, Joe Maniwan.

Photo from left to right: Kristine Custodio, Julie Schwartz, Ellen Zacarias, Joe Maniwan, June Hunter.

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