‘70 Years of Grace’

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

The Louis League 54th Annual Fashion Show returned to the Upper Club of Bel-Air Bay Club to celebrate the 70th anniversary of The Sisters of Saint Louis in California on Sunday, May 19.

The event, which featured fashion provided by Palisades Village tenant Cynthia Rowley and modeled by 18 eighth-grade students from Corpus Christi and Calvary Christian schools, was co-chaired by Monica Thomas and Jacqueline Pack.

“The event was very successful in that we honored a group of women who have given and devoted their lives to serving others,” Thomas shared with the Palisadian-Post after the event. “I think everyone was there to honor the Sisters.”

Origins of the Sisters of St Louis date back to 1797, with eight members journeying from Ireland to California in 1949 to service their new community, including founding Corpus Christi School in Pacific Palisades, feeding the homeless, supporting safe houses and providing grief counseling.

The Louis League is a group of women from Corpus Christi Parish who are working together to ensure that the Sisters will be cared for in their retirement.

Thomas said that numbers of funds raised were still being calculated, but she was hopeful that this year was the most the group has ever raised, with 230 guests attending the show and boutique.

“They’ve devoted their life to serving the community and helping others,” Thomas shared. “That was the takeaway and the whole purpose of the event.”