The agonizing faces of flood and famine victims in China flashed through the world's newspapers in the early 1920s.  A group of seven teenage girls in San Francisco's Chinatown was appalled by their suffering and determined to do something to help.  Quickly, they formed the Square and Circle Club, a community service organization to help people in need.

Their first project was a benefit dance, raising $2,500, which was turned over immediately to the Chinese relief headquarters. From that modest beginning in 1924, the Club has continued its community service for 88 years.  It presently focuses on the San Francisco Bay Area, but also contributes to global disasters.

Financial support for these activities is derived from various fund-raising events and includes plays written by and performed by members and friends, benefit lunches and dinners, dances, auctions, carnivals, and fashion shows

This year's event celebrated the Club's 88th anniversary with a benefit fashion show luncheon entitled "Welcome, Auspicious 88!"  This theme was chosen because of Chinese belief that "8" is an auspicious number which is associated with riches and good fortune.  A double "8" such as "88" reputedly brings twice the usual benefits!

Fashion Show Luncheon

Saturday, June 2, 2012, 12 noon

Empress of China Restaurant
838 Grant Avenue
San Francisco

In keeping with the cultural diversity of the Bay Area, Asian and Western Touches will prevail on the program, such as Chinese lion dancing, songs by Chinese vocalist Victoria Khaw, and a unique fashion show of Western vintage fashions provided by Goodwill Bags, and display of antique Chinese robes from a private collection.  A highlight was honoring member Alice Lowe for her many years of volunteerism, including serving as the first Asian Chairperson of the renowned Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.  Following the wonderful program, a  gourmet Chinese Food for lunch was enjoyed by all..