‘Born to Sparkle’: 41st Haute with Heart Fashion Show and Luncheon benefit

Joye Blount (honorary chair), Sr. Virginia Rodee (honoree), Debra Emerson (SMSC CEO), De Anna Dougherty (host chair—for fifth consecutive year)
(Vincent Andrunas)

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC), a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers individuals with developmental disabilities to realize their full potential, celebrated its 41st Haute with Heart Fashion Show and Luncheon, “Born to Sparkle,” Aug. 4 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Haute with Heart featured musical entertainment by K Emeline, along with boutique shopping, silent and live auctions, an opportunity drawing, themed entertainment, a St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center student model fashion show and a theatrical fashion show.

The event honored Sr. Virginia Rodee, RSCJ, for her dedication to SMSC and its students since its inception. Visit