The Country Friends partner with South Coast Plaza for the Annual Art of Fashion Runway Show in Rancho Santa Fe

The Country Friends celebrate 60 years of philanthropy and fashion this fall when they present the annual Art of Fashion at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. The nonprofit announced recently that it is honored to partner for the 10th straight year with South Coast Plaza, an international destination known for luxury shopping, personal service and upscale amenities.

Proceeds from the fashion show and luncheon, featuring boutique shopping and the Après Affaire wine tasting, benefit more than 30 San Diego County charities, including Angels Foster Family Network, Casa de Amparo, Community Resource Center, Kids Korps USA, Promises2Kids, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, and many more.

The Country Friends’ President Rhonda Tryon also recently announced that Andrea Naversen will serve once again as Art of Fashion Chair, a role she held in 2010. “We are thrilled that Andrea will chair our organization’s signature event and largest fundraiser for a second time,” says Tryon. “This year is especially important because it marks The Country Friends’ 60th anniversary. Andrea is a proven leader, and has assembled a ‘dream team’ to help make this year’s event truly the best ever.”

Naversen, a former television anchor and the longtime Editor-at-Large of Ranch & Coast Magazine, was named a 2013 Woman of Dedication by the Salvation Army for her philanthropic service, and was a finalist in the San Diego Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business awards. “I look forward to celebrating The Country Friends’ six decades of service, providing crucial funding for dozens of San Diego County charities,” she says. “I am so proud to work with an organization that has long been committed to helping others.”

Art of Fashion will begin with the runway show, highlighting the 2014 fall/winter collections of South Coast Plaza’s renowned international designers and retailers, followed by a luncheon and the opportunity to shop South Coast Plaza mini-boutiques offering the latest in clothing, handbags, jewelry, eyewear and accessories. The event concludes with wine and dessert at Après Affaire.

The historic Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, which completed a $12 million renovation in 2012, including a new restaurant and spa, once again serves as the charming venue for this annual fall homage to fundraising and fashion.

The Country Friends® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, formed 60 years ago to provide needed funding for San Diego County-based charities. Its mission is “Helping San Diegans since 1954: One Hand at a Time.” The organization raises funds primarily through proceeds from its Rancho Santa Fe consignment shop, which specializes in exquisite furniture, antiques, rugs, silver, china and objects d’art. Since its founding, The Country Friends has raised millions of dollars to support human care agencies, with special emphasis on services to women, children and the elderly.

For more information, or to become an Art of Fashion sponsor, please contact The Country Friends at 858-756-1192 Extension 4, or

Renowned as a major global shopping destination, South Coast Plaza is home to more than 250 prominent boutiques, critically-acclaimed restaurants and the adjacent celebrated Segerstrom Center for the Arts. South Coast Plaza is located in Orange County, California, in the city of Costa Mesa. Information: or 800-782-8888.