By Miriam Raftery
October 4, 2018 (El Cajon) – Masked guests, exciting musical entertainment and a glamourous fashion show at the elegant Crystal Ballroom in El Cajon were all part of an evening of glitz and glamour at a Masquerade Ball September 28th to benefit St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center.
“Both Laurie and I were thrilled at the success of our event,” says Stephanie Young (above, left, in gold dress designed by La Del Designs), co-organizer of the event along with Laurie Delaney (left, in blue gown she designed).
Delaney’s creative dress designs from her company, La Del Designs, were among those on display by runway fashion models. Other local designers included were Marjoire Pezzoli from Pezzoli Art, Debbie Solan from Idea Field (right, in on of her elegant creations), and Dawn Debaugh.
Models in the line-up were Sheila Mulryan, Norma Roullard, Shamaine Cardoza, Gitta Pizzar, Estella Aguillar, Kathy Babcock.
Doug Allen served as emcee as well as saxophone performer in a duo performance with talented violinist Melissa Barrison who gave an electrifying performance on a glowing transparent electric fiddle.
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Awards were presented for best individual and couple’s costumes. Later, guests danced the night away on the dance floor beneath a dazzling crystal chandelier.
Guests also shopped for items ranging from hand-painted scarves to fusion glass jewelry, as well as enjoying a Mediterranean-themed feast.
Volunteers Linda Lambert, Jean McCasey, Sheila Mulryan also helped out, all to benefit Saint Madeleine Sophie's Center, which provides a wealth of services to help developmentally disabled adults.
Young says some guests are already asking if the event will be repeated next year, a prospect she says is possible to build momentum as an annual Masquerade Ball event.