Rancho santa fe news, september 30, 2016

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Models grace the runway for The Country Friends’ 61st Art of Fashion Runway Show at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe on Sept. 15. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

Fashion show helps fund nonprofits By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Art of Fashion is Rancho Santa Fe’s most highly regarded and anticipated fashion show in San Diego. The Country Friends celebrated its 61st Art of Fashion Runway Show at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, and the Sept. 15 affair was sold out. The Country Friend’s ongoing partnership with South Coast Plaza filled the couture senses for all that attended. Models graced the runway draped in Oscar de la Renta, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Roberto Cavalli, Bally, M Missoni, Loro Piana, Max Mara, Canali, Salvatore Ferragamo and Saks Fifth Avenue. Prior to the fashion show, guests arrived greeted by a champagne reception and boutique shopping. Guests were then navigated to the runway area and took their seats. Shortly after, emcee Kathleen Bade, an anchor for Fox 5 News, welcomed guests and introduced the president of the Country Friends, Deborah Cross, who conveyed her message of thanks and gratitude. She indicated that the proceeds from this annual event are filtered back to the organizations that The Country Friends supports — agencies that help women, children and the elderly.

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Reverend Dr. Jan Farley collects items for homeless veterans on Sept. 11 at the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe. Farley explained that the collected items will be transferred to Interfaith Community Services where they will be stored and then distributed to the veterans. Courtesy photo

Village Church launches homeless veterans’ initiative By Christina Macone-Greene

Erin Kaminski, Rhonda Tryon and Kimberly Black attend The Country Friends’ annual Art of Fashion event.

Before the fashion show began, Jeanne Lucia was honored for her commitment to The Country Friends, serving as former chair in 2005 and 2008 for the Art of Fashion. Following the fashion show, guests enjoyed a scrumptious luncheon on the lawn. Boutiques on hand for shopping included Bally, Brunello Cucinelli, Jo Malone, Max Mara, Roberto Cavalli, TOD’s, Virtra Eyewear, and Saks Fifth Avenue — the boutiques also donated 10 percent of its sales that day to The From left: Christy Forte, Diane Faulstick and Rebekah Faulstick at the annual Art of Fashion event. Country Friends.

RANCHO SANTA FE — A group effort was launched at the Village Community Presbyterian Church in Rancho Santa Fe to help homeless veterans. The Village Church chose Sept. 11, a heartfelt date, to roll out a collection which will effectively serve veterans in need. The Homeless Veterans Initiative gives veterans something to look forward to: A home. “Studies have found that homeless people find far more success when they are put into a permanent housing situation as quickly as possible with the appropriate support and services. We are working with Interfaith Community Services in North County San Diego to move these vets into homes by supplying essential household items that are not supplied by the VA nor by Interfaith Community Services,” Reverend Dr. Jan Farley, Associate Pastor of the Village Community Presbyterian Church said. “That’s where the churches come in. When you are homeless you come into the home with just what’s on your back. We furnish the homes. We make them homes.”

According to Farley, on Sept. 11, in addition to gently used furniture, the Village Church also collected donations geared toward “Move-in Packages.” Packed in these boxes are kitchen supplies, cleaning items, bedding, and much more. Collections for this first phase will continue until Oct. 9. “People may also go shopping from a list of one of the seven Packages as well as underwrite an entire Move-In Kit at $716 containing supplies to completely outfit a home with four persons,” Farley said. She continued, “They can also make a cash contribution to help with movein costs, purchase of beds or other general needs to house a veteran.” The next collection is slated for the “Alternative Christmas Market,” Nov. 20, which will be hosted by the Village Church. Following this, Farley said the program would be evaluated for 2017. “It’s our hope to expand and serve other homeless populations,” she said. While the Village Church is leading the efTURN TO HOMELESS ON 22