Rosewood Women’s Club Celebrates With Style

By Jacqueline García, EGP Staff Writer

Beautifully dressed, makeup and jewelry perfect, and some gorgeous hats that remind one of a more glamorous time, the ladies of the Woman’s Club of Rosewood Park in Commerce were ready last Saturday to greet guests at their 16th annual fashion show and luncheon.

Women of all ages, some as young as 12 and others over 70, gathered with their families to help raise money to support programs for students in the 8th grade at Rosewood Park School in Commerce. Teachers and staff from the school were among those who attended the annual fashion show held at Stevens’ Steak House in Commerce.

The Woman’s Club is the oldest community civic organization in Commerce. It opened its doors in 1949 as a social group, but little by little, it changed, according to club members.

Rosewood Women’s Club President Carmen Marquez poses with club members at  annual fashion show Saturday.  (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

Rosewood Women’s Club President Carmen Marquez poses with club members at annual fashion show Saturday. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

“It started with a few women having a cup of coffee and then it grew and they had to move to Rosewood Park School to hold their meetings,” club president Carmen Marquez told EGP. “A few years later, it became a non-profit organization,” she said. We “promote culture and customs” to women of all ages, she added.

Twelve years ago the club began to raise funds to help Rosewood Park School, which is the only school in the Montebello School District serving Kindergarten through eigth grade. They decided to focus on the promotion of eighth graders ready to go to high school.

“We call it promotion because it is not really a graduation, but we want to recognize their work,” Robert A. Cornejo, the school’s principal told EGP.

Fashion designer Loretta Sandoval presented her women’s summer clothing line, which she says has something for every woman, especially mothers. “Good clothes at affordable prices,” explained the owner of L & M Fashions.

Live music performed by the Bill Chico Jazz trio added to the festivities and the nostalgia of bygone days.

Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia was among the guests at the event, and she took a moment to during the program to invite the community to participate in her “Walk and Talk” events, the next of which will take place in Commerce on June 7. She said the walks are a chance for her to meet her constituents, listen to their concerns, and to get in a little exercise at Rosewood Park.

She also encouraged the club to continue their support towards community activities and Rosewood Park School.

Many of the attendees left for home carrying raffle prizes won at the show.

Rosewood Park School has about 1,050 students and this year, 140 are eighth graders. The Women’s Club’s fashion show raised “$700-$800” for the school’s promotion ceremony, said Cornejo, calling it a “generous donation.”

The Woman’s Club holds a variety of events throughout the year. In June, it will hold its annual swap meet at Rosewood Park. The group rents spaces for one day to people interested in selling new or used goods; monies raised help the group sponsor other community activities.

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