So-Phis in Prime Time – Genki Women Working Together to Support Community

Dianne Kujubu Belli of Keiro Senior HealthCare and The Institute for Healthy Aging at Keiro

Dianne Kujubu Belli, executive director of The Institute for Healthy Aging at Keiro

“In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.”  For me, when springtime comes, I know that it is time for the So-Phis annual fashion show and luncheon.  This year will mark the 53rd annual fashion show, boutique, and luncheon, and I will be there again on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at the Anaheim Hilton, but for the first time in many years, my husband, Joe, will not be attending.  He is assisting a Boy Scout with an Eagle Scout Award project, so he had to forego the fashion show this year.  While many would call him a good sport for attending the fashion show, what fellow in his right mind would object to being one of the handful of men in a ballroom with 600 bright, beautiful and empowered women?  Perhaps his “fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love” at this annual event?

So-Phis Fashion Show to Benefit Keiro and other community organizations

The So-Phis Annual Fashion Show Benefits Keiro Senior HealthCare and other community organizations.

In terms of empowered women, So-Phis members are prime examples.  So-Phis is a social philanthropic, non-profit organization whose intent is to support community and cultural projects, promote self-esteem and team building in our youth, and improve the quality of life for those people who we support in communities throughout Southern California.  Their first installation dinner was held on August 15, 1958, and they have been raising money for various charities since that day.  The current president is Linda Yasunaga.

Through the years, Keiro Senior HealthCare has been a most appreciative recipient of donations from So-Phis.  These donations have enabled Keiro to continue to provide culturally-sensitve care to our frail elderly in our nursing homes, emotionally satisfying and meaningful activities to the residents of our retirement home, and education about genki living and lessons in self-efficacy to Boomers in our community.

This year, Keiro has a special and direct tie to the fashion show, as our community resource manager, Kimberly Hayashi, is the show  coordinator; and our newest staff member of The Institute for Healthy Aging at Keiro (IHA), Lauryn Takisaki will be one of the models.  Lauryn joins Kanako Kusano, MSW, as one of IHA’s health promotion specialists. In a recent strategic planning session for IHA, Kimberly, Lauryn, and Kanako all talked about the importance of community in their lives. Lauryn, who is an RN with a master’s degree in nursing from Seattle University and most recently worked at the Seattle Keiro Nursing Home, said, “As a community health nurse, I see the value of a community in its strength to accomplish goals and fulfill the needs of its members.  Whether a community’s roots are social or geographic, having a connection to others who share your interests, values, or history is very important in maintaining physical and emotional health.”

For those who are interested in information about the fashion show, contact Arlene Ito at jackpot814@yahoo.com.  If the fancy of your young man (or Boomer man), lightly turns to love this spring, it would be great to be wearing a new outfit from the So-Phis boutique, because you would be stylishly confident that you are supporting some wonderful charities in our community.

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