Society Notebook: Women of all colors and cultures come together for a fashion show

It’s a small world after all – at least at the annual Women United Around the World Gala at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland.

“We’re not a melting pot. We’re a mixed salad,” said incoming board member Lana Wichmann, an immigrant from South Africa. “Fashion is a universal language that crosses the language barrier. No one needs to explain. We’re all proud of where we came from.”

The ninth annual multi-ethnic dinner and international fashion show March 3 raised $5,000...

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