Sporting outfits generously provided by British fashion powerhouse Boden, 48 Los Angeles children recently walked the runway at The Beach Club to help their parents and friends support Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).
For the 55th year, members of the 58-year-old hospital support group, Children’s Chain (“a chain is as strong as its weakest link”) arranged the charity fashion show and luncheon whose proceeds go toward two CHLA programs, the Associates Rehabilitation Center Caregiver Wing and the Associates Sarcoma Program Chair.
The fashion show and luncheon began in someone’s backyard in Fremont Place and has been held all over the greater Los Angeles area, in homes and clubs, ever since.
Local residents were well represented this year. In fact, there were four generations of the James Neville family. Family matriarch Jeanne Martin Neville (Jonnie) and her daughter, Betsy Neville Anderson, both of Windsor Square, watched their great-grand- and grandchildren (respectively), twins Jamie and Duke Anderson, show off the Boden clothing line.
The boys’ parents, Sarah and Mark Anderson, brought the twins down from their home in San Francisco in support of the work at CHLA of Mark’s sister, pediatrician Dr. Neville Anderson.
Locals attending the show included sisters Meg Fain Jenkins and Elizabeth Fain LaBombard. One sister lives just north of Larchmont Village, and the other lives in Windsor Village. Meg’s two-year old, Avery Jenkins, was part of the show, as was his cousin, William LaBombard, who turns six this month.
Members of the event’s organizing committee, overseen by longtime Children’s Chain volunteer Carlotta Keely of Hancock Park, were Liz Young, Hancock Park, and Carolyn Barrett, Elizabeth Besch, Perry DeRosa, Vanessa McLean, Kelly Meyer, Julia Sibley, Mimi Techentin and Lisa Traum.