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SBPA Luncheon Fashion Show

By Lynn Prince

San Carlos SBPA will host its 9th Annual Luncheon/Fashion Show, Wednesday, January 28, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Paradiso Ballroom, Paradiso Resort, San Carlos. The fashions and models will be provided by Sagitario Boutique. This event is the highlight of the winter season for the ladies of San Carlos. There are close to 250 women that attend every year. While the luncheon is enjoyed by all, the fashions viewed, the very beautiful jewelry the models wear and the friendship of so many women that gather to help the SBPA is the “frosting on the cake.”

What makes this event even more fun and something to look forward to all year long is the way it is marketed. Women will host a table of eight, decorate the table in the theme of their choice and sell the other seven tickets to friends. Sometimes each of the friends will contribute an item to the table, be it a centerpiece, tablecloth, placements, china, silverware, crystal, etc. Some even go so far as to provide interesting and fun hostess gifts.

Several local businesses donate items to be raffled off (to raise even more funds) after the fashions are shown. Popular items are massages, haircuts, dinners for two, pizzas, a boat cruise on the bay, gift certificates from local merchants, Talavera, gift baskets and even paintings donated by local artists.

SBPA Services, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. SBPA stands for Sociedad Benefactora y Proteccion de Animal A.C. The funds raised by the SBPA Auxiliary are used for the no-cost clinics held in San Carlos to spay and neuter the animals belonging to low-income families and for animals that are feral, abandoned and homeless. The SBPA raises funds through their calendar sales, used book sales, the Luncheon/Fashion Show and a Chili Cook-off in March.

Please visit the SBPA website: If you are interested in hosting a table, or attending, contact Margaret Palmini at 226-1080 or email

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