With a nod to the late, great fashionista and philanthropist Sally B. Thornton, who passed away in June, the 38th annual St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center “Haute with Heart” luncheon took the theme “I Love Fashion” Aug. 15 at the Hilton Bayfront. News anchors Dan Cohen and Kimberly King emceed the event where paddle raise donations included one at $50,000, one at $25,000 and one at $10,000 amid many smaller gifts to net more than $116,000. Proceeds will be used for St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center arts and aquatics programs. The El Cajon-based center serves adults with developmental disabilities.
A moment of silence honored the memory of Sally and her husband, John Thornton, was presented with an award from St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center in recognition of the Thorntons’ support over the years. He also took home the U.S. flag that was flown over the State Capital in memory of Sally’s philanthropic accomplishments, compliments of Assemblyman Brian Jones.
The afternoon featured boutique shopping, lunch, live and silent auctions, a runway fashion show created by Leonard Simpson, “I Love Lucy” impersonators and a performance of “I’m a Believer” from the center’s recent production of “Shrek the Musical Jr.” Center students walked the runway in fashions from Macy’s of Fashion Valley.
Photos by Vincent Andrunas.