It was a feast for the eyes and tummies on April 2 as the Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania (LFP) hosted their Lupus Luncheon and Fashion Show at Eleven Contemporary Kitchen.  It was the 38th year for this event, led by long-time supporter and emcee Larry Richert of KDKA News Radio 1020.

More than 125 guests enjoyed lunch catered by Big Burrito Group as they eyed up spring and summer fashion trends provided by Jackee Ging, owner of Style Truck.  The mobile boutique, named “Boutique of the Year 2015” by Style Week Pittsburgh, offers affordable fashion for women on the go of any age.  The truck is stocked with accessories and handmade pieces by local artists and vendors such as Honey In the Wood in Uniontown and Designs by Samantha in Mt. Lebanon.

Guests enjoyed viewing the “must have” clothing pieces for the upcoming season and learned how to wear top trends.  “Women appreciate finding items that are unique that they won’t find anywhere else,” said Ging.  Models sported looks from some American Made vendors, a staple in the Style Truck, as well as some designed with organic fabrics and earth friendly merchants, such as Blue Canoe.

Ging who hit the road with Style Truck in 2013 with Pennsylvania’s first mobile boutique, says helping local nonprofits like Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania is one of the most enjoyable aspects of her job.  “It is an honor to work with the Lupus Foundation in their annual luncheon as it is always a lovely afternoon,” said the Style Truck Owner.  “I have family members and friends with Lupus, so if there is anyway I can help contribute or assist in the promotion of the services and programs in our community, I am always interested.”

The event, chaired by Donna Polito and Dolly Pferdehirt, also honored long time Lupus volunteer and supporter, Jan Grice.  Jan has written for the Lupus Foundation of PA’s newsletter, The Pennsylvania News, since 2005, authoring the Life with Lupus articles.

“Jan provides Lupus awareness and education with each story she creates,” said Marian Belotti, LPF’s Patient Services Director.  “As someone who has been dealing with lupus herself, she is cognizant of what she writes. We are grateful for her time and Jan sharing her writing talent with us.”

The LFP event raised funds towards the Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania’s mission to promote awareness, education, service and research for those affected by lupus.  The organization has a history of service since 1975 and has provided funding for local and national lupus research.