PSL Business Women raise a treasure chest of riches at 30th annual fashion show



(L) Lorett Fribourg, (R)Susan Belgard

The Port St. Lucie Business Women (PSLBW), dressed in swirling colors of turquoise, aqua and ultramarine, and in sea-themed patterns, welcomed guests at the sold-out 30th annual Fashion Show on April 30 at the Santa Lucia River Club in Ballantrae. More than $20,000 was raised for their Community Action Grants which are awarded to local nonprofit agencies that benefit women and children, and provide scholarships for women who have chosen to continue their education at Indian River State College. Awards and scholarships will be presented later this year.

“What an amazing turnout!” says Fashion Show co-chair Carissa Vega. “We appreciate all the support we have received from guests and business owners alike over the past 30 years, and look forward to seeing everyone at our 31st Annual PSLBW Fashion Show.”

Luxury couture fashions by Kallee Jackson (, bright, geometric dresses by Sabre Mochachino (, as well as other chic and casual apparel by Fashionista Boutique (, Gambina Couture, and Sporty Girl Apparel ( presented a wide range of styles, accessorized by wire-wrapped beach glass and crystals hand-made by L Boutique Jewelry ([email protected] jewelry).

The 108 Silent Auction items, including themed gift baskets and gift certificates covering a wide range of choices, generated high-stakes competitiveness. Top takers included a plethora of gift cards presented in a framed collage, a Mets Suite and four tickets to a Marlins game.

Marion Matthes is looking forward to enjoying her 2-night stay at River Palm Cottages & Fish Camp in Jensen Beach. Marilyn Lawless had fun showing off the baroque pearl and blue topaz cocktail ring that she won.

Devon Dwyer, who was wearing the pearl and 14k gold and diamond custom-created necklace that she won at the PSL Business Women’s 2013 Fashion Show, was the winner of the 14-karat gold octopus with diamond eyes necklace, valued at $500 and donated by G. Alan’s Fine Jewelry & Coin in Fort Pierce.

Michelle Caul was all smiles hearing her number called in the 50/50 raffle -- a prize of $800!

The Port St. Lucie Business Women thank those who attended their affair and the following businesses for their support: top Sea Glass Event Sponsor St. Lucie County Children’s Services Council; Pearl Sponsors Donna DeMarchi, Personal Injury Attorney, G. Alan’s Fine Jewelry & Coin and The Cake Lady; Doubloon Sponsor iThink Financial; and Coral Sponsors Katelyn and Andrew Urban of Baron Real Estate, Dwyer Environmental Services, Post Insurance, St. Lucie County Fair, SouthState Bank, Truly Title and Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery.

The Port St. Lucie Business Women is a 42-year-old, 501 (c) (6) non-profit professional organization dedicated to promoting the interests of businesswomen and serving our community effectively. For more information, visit Follow their Facebook page for updates about events, programs and community involvement.


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