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By Miriam Raftery

March 22, 2014 (El Cajon )—Volunteers from the Heartlands Lions Club took to the runway today in the Ronald Reagan Community Center in El Cajon to model limited edition fashions from Eccoci Collections  in the Viejas Outlet Center.  It was all part of the 26th annual Champagne Luncheon and Fashion Show, which supports projects including helping the blind and supporting local youth activities.

Two $500 scholarships were also presented at the event, which drew a full house. 

Andrea Hansen, a vocational nursing student, wants to have her own medical needs home someday to care for the elderly and those with dementia.

“I  really love people,”  said Hansen, who helped care for her own grandmother in a seniors home.  “I wanted to take care of everybody there like they were my grandmother.”

The second scholarship was presented to Valentina Yousif, who wrote an essay on the importance of education and wants tom major in biochemistry. “This will help me pay for college,” she said, voicing gratitude to the Lions.

Supervisor Dave Roberts was on hand to present a special honor to the family of Agnes Thiem Harley, the chapter’s late charter president, to whom the event was dedicated.

The event also include a silent auction and opportunity drawings for an array of prizes.

The Lions are the largest service club in the world and have about 1400 members in San Diego and Imperial Counties.

For more information about the Heartland Lions, visit their Facebook page at:





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