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Lady Ducks Fashion Show

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks held their 2010 Lady Ducks Fashion Show on Friday at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast. Olympic jerseys for all eight Ducks Olympians were auctioned off live during the event, raising a cumulative total of $20,950.

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Friday’s luncheon served as the third annual event of its kind and benefited the Anaheim Ducks Foundation with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward CHOC Children’s (CHOC). The sold-out Fashion Show featured Ducks players modeling alongside CHOC Ambassadors (current and former CHOC patients). The entire Ducks roster, coaches and the club’s executive management team were in attendance. 

This year’s Fashion Show boasted a European flavor with “Parisian-themed” décor. Black, white and yellow served as the signature colors of the event, which was co-hosted by E! News Executive Editor Ken Baker and Ducks television personality Kent French. Catwalk veterans Ryan Getzlaf, George Parros, Teemu Selanne and Scott Niedermayer returned to the stage, joined by modeling newcomers Jonas Hiller, Saku Koivu, Todd Marchant and Corey Perry. The eight Ducks players sported attire provided by Saks Fifth Avenue, South Coast Plaza. Eight CHOC Ambassadors also showcased the latest fashions from Quiksilver and Roxy provided by Quiksilver #29, South Coast Plaza. Preceding the Ducks and CHOC Ambassador portion of the program, runway models featured Spring 2010 Trends, also presented by Saks Fifth Avenue, South Coast Plaza. Recording artists The Beach Girl5 also performed during the fashion show.

“On behalf of the Lady Ducks, we’re grateful to all of our sponsors and donors for once again supporting this annual event,” said Event Chair Caroline Marchant, wife of Ducks center Todd Marchant. “We hope to continue our work at CHOC as we concentrate our efforts this year toward the CHOC Children’s Orthopaedic Institute.”

Friday’s luncheon menu was created exclusively for the event by Pelican Hill executive chef Jean-Pierre Dubray. Guests enjoyed a butter lettuce salad with toasted pecan vinaigrette, followed by a main course of roasted chicken and sautéed golden apples. Dessert echoed the Parisian theme as Dubray created a French raspberry macaroon with crème fraiche and strawberry sorbet for the occasion. The Limon Cello Martini served as the signature cocktail of the event, courtesy of Blue Ice Vodka. Brown-Forman, one of the largest American-owned companies in the wine and spirits business, also donated wine for the luncheon.

Tables for the sold-out event were purchased for $2,500 and up, based on level of sponsorship package. Guests in attendance also helped raise funds for CHOC by bidding on a variety of unique live and silent auctions. Highlighted live auction items included dinner for eight at the Anaheim White House with restaurant owner Bruno Serato and Ducks forward Bobby Ryan, and a private one-hour jam session with Ryan and fellow Ducks winger Joffrey Lupul. A number of one-of-a-kind silent auction items included a visit with Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray in his press box booth during a game and VIP tickets to serve as audience members for “Dancing with the Stars” season 10 and E! Entertainment’s “Chelsea Lately.” “Surprise Puck” boxes were also available for purchase (one for $25 or five for $100). Each box contained an autographed puck from a Ducks player and six random boxes of the 400 for sale contained lucky prizes, including gift certificates to South Coast Plaza, jewelry from De Beers Diamond Jewelers and made-to-measure cashmere sweaters.

ABOUT CHOC Children’s
CHOC Children’s is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach and research that brings advanced treatments to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional healthcare network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, several primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence – The CHOC Children’s Heart, Cancer, Neuroscience and Orthopaedic Institutes.

CHOC is one of only eight children’s hospitals in the nation named a “2009 Leapfrog Top Hospital.” CHOC earned the Silver Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence. Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC is the first children’s hospital in the United States to earn the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.
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