Imperial Valley Fashion on the Runway

Bertha Bonillas modeling A'GACI's new fashions.
Bertha Bonillas modeling A’GACI’s new fashions.

HOLTVILLE- The glitz and glamour of the Imperial Valley was on display at Friday night’s third annual Air Show Gala Fashion Show at the Imperial Palms Resort as models walked the runway styling the latest fashions from local vendors.

The fashion extravaganza kicks off the Air Show Gala held annually at the Naval Air Facility in February.

Gala funds help the NAF prepare for the highly attended Blue Angels Air Show.

Models walked the runway displaying the latest of fall fashions from A’GACI and New York and Company while attendees enjoyed the show with wine and good friends.  All of the outfits modeled were available at the Macy’s and Dillard stores in the Imperial Valley Mall.  Off the runway, 18 local vendors sold items to complement the outfits from make up to jewelry, and coupons for hair salons.

According to Darletta Willis, El Centro Chamber of Commerce CEO, the show allows people to realize the diversity the Valley offers, more than what people think, and to encourage local shopping.  Also, since the gala dress is “black tie” the runway show helps people appreciate the local choices for dressier evening wear.

“It’s because people think we are so small, we don’t have the same as San Diego or Los Angeles, but we do,” said Willis.

Since it is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the El Centro Chamber donated a portion of the funds to Between Women for their help with breast cancer patients and research.

Claudia Moreno, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, came to the event for the first time and said she was enjoying herself.

“It’s a good cause,” said Moreno, “With all the money they raise they are helping women like me.”

The show was originally held at Desert Trails, but Willis thought the event outgrew the venue due to the past strong response.  This year it was held at the Imperial Palms Resort and will likely stay.

Martha Singh, El Centro, has come every year with her family to show support and enjoy the night.

“We come for two reasons, one, we get to see the show and two, it’s just a celebration of women,” said Singh.

This month Rodgers and Rodgers dealership also plans to donate a part of vehicle sales to cancer research for the month of October.

The annual Air Show Gala will be held on February 11 at the Naval Air Facility El Centro.