La Mesa, Santee Fashion Fundraiser Succeeds

Item originally posted by Alexandra Stathoulis Kuty

LA MESA, CA – On Sunday, August 8 the city of La Mesa and the city of Santee held their second annual fashion show fundraiser “Fashion Rocks the East” benefiting the Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageants Scholarship Fund. The fashion show was held at the La Mesa Community Center Arbor Room at 3:00 p.m. The models consisted of former contestants and titleholders in the Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Program including Karen Walters, Miss Santee 1981, and Kelli Cando, Miss La Mesa 1989.

The models shined on the runway in wardrobe that was provided by local east county businesses: Act II, Sara’s Selections, Old Navy, Rue 21 and PreVue. There was also live music from the popular east county band, Ramshackle, who kept the audience clapping and singing along during the hour and half long event.

The fundraiser was established last year in an effort to raise scholarship funds in a struggling economy. This year the event raised $3,325 for scholarships thanks to admission ticket sales from more than 100 guests, a silent auction and a donation from EDCO Disposal. All of the proceeds will go back in to giving scholarships to the 2011 pageant winners to further their education.

The 2011 Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageants will be held on March 4, 2011. The two cities hold their pageants together in the same show to offset the cost of the production. Young women who are ages 6-26 are eligible to participate in the programs. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to Miss La Mesa 2011 and $500 for Miss Teen La Mesa 2011.

For information please contact Alexandra Kuty, Pageant Producer at 619-518-2777 or via email

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