KING CITY — Alliance on Aging’s South County Trashion Show returned to the runway last week after a two-year absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic, featuring the latest fashions crafted from recycled and repurposed materials.
The Sept. 13 fundraiser and luncheon was once again held inside the Orradre Building at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds in King City.
Under this year’s theme, “American Bandstand,” 25 models — including Jack, a rescue dog — wore unique designs while strutting down the runway in front of 250 guests.
“It was thrilling to see so many of our friends from South County and share this fun event after two long years,” said Teresa Sullivan, executive director of Alliance on Aging.
Participating organizations included King City Rural 4-H, 1st Capital Bank, Ausonio, Community Food Pantry, Mee Memorial Healthcare System, Monterey County Dance Foundation, Salinas Valley Recycles’ Resource and Recovery Team, ITN Monterey County, King City Cinemas and Cattlewomen of Monterey County.
Butch Lindley took on the role of emcee, with Audra Vaccarezza returning as fashion commentator. Monterey County Sheriff Steve Bernal started off the show with a medley of songs, while Susan Gill — this year’s presenting sponsor along with her husband David — gave a testimonial.
Also making an appearance was King City Mayor Mike LeBarre, as a model escort, and Soledad Mayor Anna Velazquez, who was one of the show’s models.
Proceeds from the event help support Alliance on Aging’s services for seniors in South Monterey County.
King City historian Karen Jernigan shows off a dress made with copies of historic photos. (Miguel Serrano Photography)
Vournee Nolte raises her glass while wearing reusable bags. (Miguel Serrano Photography)
A pair of dancers wear Day of the Dead-inspired fashion on behalf of Monterey County Dance Foundation. (Miguel Serrano Photography)
Anne Rianda models a gown crafted with burlap and other materials. (Miguel Serrano Photography)
Consuelo Hernandez hits the runway in her creation featuring a train lifted up by balloons celebrating Mee Memorial Healthcare System’s 60th anniversary. (Miguel Serrano Photography)
Audra Vaccarezza returns as fashion commentator at the 2022 South County Trashion Show. (Miguel Serrano Photography)
Soledad Mayor Anna Velazquez models an outfit for ITN Monterey County. (Miguel Serrano Photography)
Julia Booker struts down the runway wearing a dress made from PPE, bottle caps and other recycled items for Salinas Valley Recycles. (Miguel Serrano Photography)
Salinas Valley Fair Interim CEO Lauren Hamilton waves to the crowd while showing off a look made from book pages. (Miguel Serrano Photography)
As the presenting sponsor, Susan Gill gives a testimonial during the 2022 South County Trashion Show on Sept. 13. (Miguel Serrano Photography)
Linda Grier wears an outfit sponsored by Ausonio. (Miguel Serrano Photography)
Mikel Ann Miller models a See’s Candies themed outfit. (Miguel Serrano Photography)
Katie Hestand wears a dress crafted from recycled materials. (Miguel Serrano Photography)
Monterey County Sheriff Steve Bernal starts off the show with a medley of songs. (Miguel Serrano Photography)