The Harvesters did it again. The 18th annual fashion show and luncheon unfolded in flawless style Oct. 7 at The Island Hotel, Newport Beach. The charitable organization founded nearly two decades ago by two young women, Jill Johnson-Tucker and Jennifer Van Bergh, has grown in stature, becoming one of the most significant sources of funding in Orange County for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Along its path the group now spans multiple generations of fashionable Newport-Mesa women who come together to share in their incredible good fortune, providing major dollars raised to feed far less-privileged local citizens.
This season's extravaganza was chaired in the capable hands of Suzan Paek. Her equally capable co-chairs were Melinda Serra and Ann Smyth. In addition to the active participation of founders Johnson-Tucker and Van Bergh, the much admired Jennifer Segerstrom served on the advisory committee, planning and coordinating the massive event.
Arguably, the Harvesters fashion show is the most glamorous runway event in Newport Beach. Year after year, comments are the same: Guests in the crowd whisper that the women in attendance are more beautiful and more fashionable than the models on stage. It's a show within a show.