The suggested dress was "up" and 720 guests came duly clad for an evening of food, fashion, and feeling good. The CCA Centennial Gala and Threads Fashion Show held on April 25 exceeded all expectations by bringing in nearly $600,000 in support of the college's scholarship program.
At 6 p.m., patrons began filling the vast Festival Pavilion—beautifully transformed by designer Stanlee Gatti—to enjoy cocktails and conversation, followed by a delectable dinner prepared by Taste. As patrons finished the last of their dessert, the curtains dramatically parted to reveal bleacher seats filled to the rafters with families, friends, and fashion enthusiasts there to enjoy the fashion show portion of the evening. President Michael Roth welcomed the crowd, which now numbered over 1,300.
But before the show could begin, there was a little business to take care of. Renowned San Francisco retailer Wilkes Bashford was honored for his contributions to the fashion community with the CCA Fashion Industry Award. President Roth then announced the winner of the Surface Emerging Talent Award. CCA fashion student Christopher Weiss will receive a trip to New York and his designs will appear in an upcoming issue of the magazine.
Then CCA trustee Judy Timken took the stage to announce the college's $25 million Centennial Campaign. She commented, "CCA's centennial is a momentous occasion to celebrate our past, to reflect on the hard work and values that brought us to this point, and to consider CCA's tremendous potential for the future." She informed the crowd that $22 million had already been raised, and she graciously thanked all the donors for their generosity.
The evening culminated with the runway fashion show, which featured original designs from the collections of 21 up-and-coming designers of the graduating class of 2007. With music thundering and lights flashing, professional models sauntered their way down the 130-foot runway, eliciting spontaneous bursts of applause. The production quality was high, and the show came off without a hitch, thanks to the efforts of CCA's Fashion Design faculty and students.
Gala cochairs Kay Kimpton and Allison Speer accepted the challenge of creating the college's 100th birthday celebration and turned it into CCA's most successful event to date. The college is grateful to them for their vision, leadership, and hard work. Special thanks also are in order to honorary chair Emily Carroll and the honorary committee.
The college is pleased to thank lead sponsors Osterweis Capital Management, Levi Strauss Signature, and Saturn, along with the evening's other sponsors. See Sponsors for a complete list.Read the rest