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Firefighters Hit the Runway

WEB-EXCLUSIVE: Local firefighters and CHOC children strut their stuff at the Glass Slipper Guild Bloomingdale's Firefighter Fashion Show.

Bloomingdale's model and Rachel Airth at last year's event/Photo Courtesy of Glass Slipper Guild

Orange County firefighters and local children from CHOC Children’s will heat up the runway September 15 during the Glass Slipper Guild Bloomingdale's Firefighter Fashion Show.

The 11 a.m. show, taking place inside the fashion-forward eatery AnQi at Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza, is free and open to the public. Attendees will be treated to an assortment of AnQi’s signature appetizers while watching the models strut their stuff.  

“We are committed to promoting the health of our children by supporting CHOC,” says Bobbie Garza, co-president of the Glass Slipper Guild. The Guild, whose fundraising efforts support the children’s hospital through volunteer work and community outreach, is made up of about 125 women from the coastal Orange County area.  

About a dozen children – both current and former CHOC patients – will be escorted down the catwalk by firefighters. “Costa Mesa firefighters can't wait to hit the catwalk to support CHOC Children's Glass Slipper Guild. We are honored to be a part of this special event with Bloomingdale's and CHOC hospital,” says Costa Mesa Fire Engineer Paul Kim.  

Last year the Glass Slipper Guild completed a pledge to raise $1 million for a research endowment to CHOC Children’s Neuroscience Institute. The women are currently working on a new $1 million pledge to fund a 6,400-square-foot Post Anesthesia Care Unit in the new patient care tower slated to open in 2013.

This year's fashion show is expected to draw hundreds of fashion enthusiasts from across Orange County. The event, in its third year, will be showcasing the latest fall collections for menswear and children's wear.

"It has become one of our favorite events of the year," says Jim Murphy, general manager of Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza, who also says Bloomingdale’s will be donating $3,000 to the CHOC Glass Slipper Guild.  

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