As president/CEO of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore, Sandy Pagnotti says its annual fancy fundraiser is the one time each year she really shops for a specific dress, relying on the help of one of her best girlfriends, fashionista Carolyn Snyder.
“Every year, we go. She’ll pull things off the rack and I’ll go, ‘There’s no way I can wear that.’ And she says, ‘Just try it on.’ And every year, the dress she has pulled off the rack is the one I end up wearing,” said Pagnotti.
This year, there was only one fashion factor Pagnotti made a must-have.
“This year the [party] theme was “All You Need Is love,” so I knew that I really wanted a red dress. Red is the color of love,” she said.
Color actually played a fairly big role in the Reisterstown resident’s wardrobe, because of her work at the Ronald McDonald House.
“Our motto here is to bring joy to the journey. I do make a conscious effort to make my clothes be on the happy side. So I try to wear clothes with color, with a little something-something; a little bit left of center, maybe something with a fringe, a tassel here and there,” she explained.
Pagnotti pointed out her concern wasn’t about keeping up with fashion trends.
“Honestly, at the Ronald McDonald House, clothes are not important. But if what you wear can make [the resident families and patients] smile or be happy, that’s a good thing,” she said.
HER ENSEMBLE: B&A by Betsy & Adam red one-shoulder red gown. Nina black glitter kitten heel sandals that “are oldies but goodies.” White House/Black Market crystal and gold earrings and cuff.