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Boys & Girls Clubs Fashion in the Vineyards raises $75K

DEBORAH EMERY was one of the many models at the event last Saturday evening. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

DEBORAH EMERY was one of the many models at the event last Saturday evening. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

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Punk: Soho to Sonoma was the theme to this year’s 10th annual Fashion in the Vineyards event, a two-day showcase of Sonoma Valley designers and merchants, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley Teen Programs including College Bound and Career Launch.

The event netted an estimated $75,000.

According to organizers, the event was a success.

“We exceeded not only our financial goals but also brought together community merchants and designers to put on a show to support the Boys & Girls Club. Thank you to our event sponsors, patrons, volunteers, designers, retailers, photographers and models,” said Dana Freudenberger, event chair. “Their contributions will definitely jump start our new Career Launch program and enhance our teen services. We are paving the way for the future.”

Gary Edwards received the club’s “Angel Award” for his exemplary support of the Boys & Girls Club and selfless giving of his time and finances, his commitment to collaborative opportunities, and his tireless energy in bringing new and entrepreneurial program ideas.

“Gary cares deeply about the club and the kids we serve, and we were honored to recognize his exceptional dedication,” said Freudenberger.

The College Bound program is a proven and successful model for helping teens in Sonoma Valley find the inspiration and provide the skills and ability needed to attain academic success and continue their education.

Participants receive one-on-one college and career advising, assistance in the college and financial aid application process, SAT prep and tutoring. The club’s latest focus is on Career Launch, an expansion of the College Bound program, which will introduce teens to a spectrum of professional opportunities, while offering the tools to develop their skills.

Whether teens are headed to a four-year school, planning to transfer from a junior college, enrolling in a certificate program – or have no idea what they are going to do – College Bound and Career Launch can provide the information and support they need to be successful.

For more information on the Boys & Girls Club, visit bgcsonoma.org or call 938-8544.