Last night only two blocks from The Sophia Way benefit, the Eastside Heritage Center (EHC) presented its annual benefit dinner and auction at the Meydenbauer Center.
Capitalizing on the theme "Go Retro," beautiful women wearing pillbox hats and mink stoles stole the show as they socialized and perused auction items before the dinner and interactive program.
Sheri Sherwood, a chiropractor in Bellevue, and her mother Jeanette Sherwood, a retired Bellevue chiropractor now living in Maple Valley, posed for photos in front of a faux Farrell's Ice Cream Store front.
Sheri Sherwood noted, "I know Executive Director Heather Trecases and I've always been interested in history. I was born the year of the Seattle World's Fair!"
Several charming supporters sported vintage hats from the EHC archives. Trisha Nerney of Bellevue wore a number from the 1940's and 1050's with little tufts of feathers. Gloria Roll of Bellevue wore a green felt hat with autumn leaves around the brow.
Former schoolmates at Bellevue Junior High (the site of the Downtown Park), Lyn Adams and Bob Eshelman, reminisced about their idyllic upbringing in "old" Bellevue. "Eastside Heritage Center is important because we are trying to preserve what life was like before the big malls," said Adams.
Added Eshelman, "People only see what Bellevue is like today, they don't know what a lovely, safe, wonderful place it was in which to grow up."