Food, Fashion, Fun in Fair Oaks

Food, Fashion, Fun in Fair Oaks

Salvation Army luncheon, silent auction is April 4.

Springtime fashions, a tasty meal and fun are on the menu this Friday, April 4, during the Fairfax Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary’s yearly fundraiser. It’s slated for April 4 at the Waterford in Fair Oaks (next to the Bank of America, across from Fair Oaks Mall).

It’s the Auxiliary’s 34th annual fashion show, luncheon and silent auction to benefit the Fairfax Salvation Army. The silent auction begins at 10:30 a.m., and lunch — catered by the Waterford — is at noon. Tickets are $40; contact event Chairman Angela Ganey at 703-250-5809 or via

“And back by popular demand, Carlos ‘Chuckie’ Ibay of Fairfax will entertain,” said event Co-Chair (with Meg McLane) Angela Ganey. “He has a magnificent voice and recently sang at the Vatican for the Pope. He’s also an accomplished concert pianist.”

Lord & Taylor of Fair Oaks is providing the fashions, and seven women and two men will each model outfits for casual wear, daytime and evening soirees. And, said Ganey, “The store’s general manager, Chris Poleto, does a wonderful job with the commentary, describing the clothes as the models come down the runway.”

Modeling are Mary Lou Glover of Clifton; Carolina Hurtado, Fairfax; Christina O’Connell, Fairfax; Sharon Gottlieb, Fairfax Station; Jeanette Crutchfield, Vienna; Stephen Braitsch, McLean; firefighter Paul Meade, Fairfax Station; Kathleen Lear, Ashburn; and Bridget Sampson, Charlottesville.

Chicken with roasted tomatillos and citrus sauce, salad and dessert will be served for lunch; a vegetarian meal will also be offered. And a selection of costume jewelry will be available for purchase. The silent auction features an array of items, including gift cards from local restaurants such as Ruth’s Chris and the Great American chain.

“It’s a delicious lunch in a nice setting, with a silent auction, jewelry sale, great entertainment and good company,” said Ganey. “And it raises money for a worthy cause — the valuable outreach projects the Salvation Army does.”

The event raises money toward the Fairfax Salvation Army’s programs for local families in need. The group provides utility and rent assistance, food, emergency clothing and furniture, plus toys and bicycles at Christmastime. The Auxiliary also gives school supplies and backpacks to local students, helps send children to camp and purchases music and instruments for a Youth Music Program. So the members hope for a good turnout at Friday’s fundraiser.

“We have 111 silent-auction items,” said silent-auction coordinator Connie Lauther of the City of Fairfax. “Items up for bid include two tickets to the National Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert, Waterford candlesticks, Vera Bradley purses and accessories, a limited edition of a print titled ‘Hillside of Fairfax Station,’ and fine jewelry, such as Majorica pearls.”

Other auction items include $100 gift cards to Lord & Taylor and L’Hermitage Bistro in Occoquan. Noted children’s author Deborah Sue Latiolais is offering a story time for 20 children, and Great Harvest Bread Co. will provide a gift basket, plus a monthly loaf of bread for a year.

There’s also an overnight stay for two at the Red Fox Inn in Middleburg and an overnight stay in the family suite at Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg. Also up for bid will be artwork and home appliances such as blenders and toaster ovens.


Carolina Hurtado of Fairfax models a dress suitable for daytime or evening events.