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The Volunteer Services Council for Border Region Behavioral Health Center recently hosted the 25th annual Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon Fashion Show at the Laredo Country Club.

As “A Toast to 25 Years of Music, Art, And Fashion,” this was a celebration of the arts here in Laredo, as it was not only a fashion show but a whole assortment of performances from a multitude of different performers of all ages and backgrounds.

One such performer was 10-year-old Ana Sofia Lugo, who performed her rendition of the classic Frank Sinatra song “New York, New York.” She’s been singing since she was 3 years old, performing in her school’s choir and in talent shows.

“I was very nervous at first, when I got on stage, but when I heard people clapping I calmed down. (I was invited to perform) and I really wanted to help out,” Lugo said.

The performances ranged from singing to dancing to acting. Then, between performances, there were models who would walk up and down the walkway dressed in the latest from Stein Mart, Dillard’s, Polly Adams and Bejeweled.

The luncheon and fashion show was more than just to celebrate Administrative Professionals Day. As part of Border Region Behavioral Health Center’s mission, the celebration was also held in part to raise money for the center and its clients.

Marilyn De Llano, vice president of the Volunteer Services Council, has been organizing these events for the past 25 years. She holds a personal stake in both showcasing the arts in Laredo and in the center’s cause, as her late daughter had mental health issues.

“She was a musician, a pianist, an artist, a writer, and she was gorgeous. We have so many things that need to be researched to make a better world for all those people that struggle,” de Llano said.

She hopes more people can join the Volunteer Services Council, as she would not only like people to be aware of what’s happening but to also be able to do something about it.

“I ask anybody that wants to do something good. That’s what it’s all about in this world, making a difference,” she said.

The evening ended with an award ceremony for de Llano’s years of service to the council and the center as a whole.

Article source: http://www.lmtonline.com/local/article/Fashion-show-held-at-club-11108428.php

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