Cruz Roja Celebrates 40th Fashion Show

With six past presidents attending
BY: REN DRAKE HILL

In August a sell-out crowd of 300 celebrated the Cruz Roja’s 40th annual fashion show and luncheon at the Calafia Hotel grand ballroom in Rosarito.  Those attending were ushered to their tables by the VP of Cruz Roja Volunteers, Paul Flowers, decked out in a tuxedo, complete with white gloves.

Six past presidents of the Cruz Roja volunteer organization joined current president Rosie Pena. Past presidents are Joanne Ruthardt, Odett Bell, Betsy Chambers, Charly Kimm, Elma Sotomayor, and Jonah Shafer for the fashion show.Six past presidents of the volunteer organization joined current president Rosie Pena, including Joanne Ruthardt, Odett Bell, Betsy Chambers, Charly Kimm, Elma Sotomayor, and Jonah Shafer, all together to celebrate this splendid event.

This year the fashion models were coordinated by Mary Moreno and Rosie Pena who reached out to the service organizations of Rosarito and the hospital staff to participate; These were real women wearing garments in a variety of sizes. 

Nearly 20 fashions were modeled and bid on in a live auction while guests dined on an elegant, (but cold), chicken lunch while listening to music provided by Eddie Alpuche. Intermission entertainment was provided by colorful little dancers aged 3 to 16 from the Ballet Folklorico Yuman dancers.

 All fashions were donations made throughout the year to the thrift store, which offers great buys six days a week 10:00 to 6:00.

As in years past, the most entertaining portion of the fashion show was Mary Moreno, 15 years a model herself, showing us articles from her vast costume collection; every year bringing us a different selection.

The Cruz Roja American Volunteers was founded in 1970 by five Americans living in Rosarito. Membership now stands at 753. There are many benefits available to members in addition to the 50% discount on ambulance transportation to the U.S. border ($100 instead of $200). There is a 10% discount on Cruz Roja hospital services.

Your donations help the entire community, as the hospital has a full care trauma center, operating room, and ten hospital beds, plus a low cost medical clinic that serves 2000 people every month. At $15, this “medical insurance” is a great buy.

Kudos to Rosie Pena and the American Volunteers for a super-successful fundraiser. The final total was unavailable at press time, but about $4000 was in the coffers from the live and silent auctions, and 50/50, before all of the ticket money was counted, with the popular pre-luncheon boutique raising a record $2200 before lunch! This year through July, the Cruz Roja American Volunteers have donated $41,000 to the hospital, including a whopping $5000 garnered during this years’ collecta. Remember, all funds stay in our community for our hospital and ambulance service.