Friends come together to plan annual fall fashion event

Members of the 2012 Art of Fashion Runway Show Committee include: Donna Ahlstrom, Erica Ashley Hecht, Betty Jo Billick, Maggie Bobileff, Melissa Wilkins Braun, Judy Burer, Marci Cavanaugh, Terri Chivetta, Kathleen Connor, Deb Cross, Melanie Cruz, Kathy Davidson, Chris Epstein, Sharon Ferges, Lisa Fisher, Rebecca Franks, Cathy Geier, Arline Genis, Chris Gootee, Meghan Hansen, Martha Harris-Pankau, Amber Hodges, Jo Hannah Hoehn, Karen Hoehn, Susanah Hoehn, Denise Hug, Laurie Joseph, Yvette Letourneau, Jeanne Lucia, Alexis Lyons, Rexina Mize, Patricia Mogul, Suzanne Newman, Candy Overlie, Pearl Padovano, Katherine Randall, Tina Rappaport, Esther Rodriguez, Cheri Salyers, Molly Santistevan, JoLynn Shapiro, Mia Stefanko, Heidi Timlake, Rhonda Tryon, Andrea Naversen Wait, Anna Waite, Jean Waters, Shana Witkin and May Zawaideh.

Karen Gregg Hoehn of Del Mar will chair The Country Friends 57th annual Art of Fashion Runway Show on Sept. 20 at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.

Proceeds from the luncheon, South Coast Plaza fashion show, boutique shopping and wine tasting will benefit more than 20 charities, including Big Brothers-Big Sisters of San Diego, Canine Companions for Independence, Project Concern International, Freedom Station and the Women’s Resource Center, to name just a few.

The Art of Fashion Runway Show is the largest fundraiser for The Country Friends, a nonprofit volunteer organization that has funded human care agencies throughout San Diego County for 57 years.

The event will begin with a luncheon on the lawn, followed by the runway show, highlighting styles from the 2012 fall/winter collections of international designers. During the day, the boutiques of South Coast Plaza will offer trends in clothing, handbags, jewelry, eyewear and other accessories. The event ends with the “Apres Affaire” wine tasting.

Hoehn Jaguar Land Rover, DJO Global, and California Bank & Trust are sponsoring this year’s benefit.

Tickets are $125-$400 at (858) 756-1192, ext. 4 and