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By Miriam Raftery

Models Emily Withers-Roberts, Penny Shidner, Judy Godde, and Monica Zech

March 28, 2009 (El Cajon)—Local celebrities including former TV and radio broadcaster Monica Zech strutted their stuff as runway models in the 21st annual Touch of Spring Fashion Show and Silent Auction to benefit the Heartland Lions Club. Held at the Elks Lodge in El Cajon, the event included a champagne luncheon, silent auction and drawing for prizes. Over 176 people attend this year’s show, which raises funds for the many local charities supported by the Lions. Lest you think the Lions Club is an all-male bastion, the ladies clearly ruled the day on this festive occasion.

“The community was so generous,” said Rae Swiech, president of the Heartland Lions, adding that nearly everyone would go home with a prize. “Everything was done by volunteers. We all do things together as a team.”

Pianist Carrie Baker, who formerly performed with comedian Redd Foxx, provided musical accompaniment.

Red Hauge Goddesses
La Mesa Chamber of Commerce President Mary England bids on a doll.

Attendees included the Red Hauge Goddesses, a group of local women resplendent in purple garb and red hats.


President Rae Swiech and volunteers display auction and drawing prizes
Mina Raffo, an Iraqi immigrant, receives scholarship check

Scholarships were awarded to five local students, including Mina Raffo of Granite Hills

The Heartland Lions chapter formed in 1990, when its charter was converted from a Lioness Club.  Funds raised by Heartland Lions support community service projects including sight and hearing impaired, Greenfield Middle School music department, Bostonia Elementary School student achievement awards, City of Hope, KPBS radio reading service, the San Diego Service Center for the Blind, scholarships for local students, and most recently, East County Magazine.

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