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Turns out the 89th fashion show gala held earlier this year would be its last: The Junior League of San Francisco (JLSF) just announced that the annual tradition, which has raised millions of dollars for local charities over the years, will be discontinued. "This was a difficult decision given the event's history in our organization and the community," says Jennifer Kurrie, president of JLSF.
Bottom line: the show's revenue over the past three years has been less than stellar, due to lack of a major underwriting sponsor, increased production costs, and members' shifting focus to more hands-on community events and volunteer pursuits.
But don't put away your gowns just yet, as the JLSF left the door slightly ajar for possible future fashion events. Fingers crossed.