What began as an uncertain and treacherous year for fundraising, turned into a ‘think outside the box,’ reimagined success for The Old Bags Luncheon! The question was never if there would be a luncheon this year, it was how. The creative minds at the Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County took a leap of faith in their community and so on March 12th delivered something so special and so unique; the consensus was astounding.
The focus of the Center’s 6oth Anniversary Old Bags Luncheon Diamond Jubilee was to raise much needed funds to continue serving the needs of mental health services in Palm Beach County. The Center for Family Services was established in 1961 and strives to strengthen individuals and families through professional and affordable behavioral health and psychoeducational services.
The event was generously hosted by The Colony Hotel and chaired by Daniella Ortiz, Karen Swanson, and junior chairs, Lizzi Bickford Meadow and Stacey Leuliette. Honorary chairs were Laura Moore TanneandMichelleGluckow. The auction was chaired by Shawn Jan. Director of Special Events Kristen Bardin orchestrated the reimagined event and introduced the Center’s new CEO, Dr. Fabiana DesRosiers. Top sponsors included Auction Sponsor Nest Seekers International, Cocktail Party Sponsor Addison Hines Charitable Trust and Shoulder Bag Sponsor Tammy and Charlie Pompea.
The event also gave back to the community — a community that has for so many years supported the Old Bags Luncheon with silent auction donations and generous sponsorships. Due to the reimagined design, more than sixty businesses on Worth Avenue partnered with the Center for Family Services to create an event unlike any other held on Palm Beach Island before.
Highlights from the event included a sold out luncheon, the most beautiful weather Palm Beach has to offer, and a spectacular designer handbag silent auction including a Katy Perry signed tote (anonymous gift), two golf bags signed by LPGA Golf Pros, Jessica and Nelly Korda, and numerous Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Valentino’ and other coveted hand bags. The auction also featured an incredible VIP, or very important purse, exhibit of notable philanthropists and their elite collections of designer handbags. Modeled this year, was the ‘IT’ Bag designed by Daniella Ortiz and one-of-a-kind OBL Palm Beach ring, donated by Coastal Girls.
Following the auction, guests entered a whimsical Pop-Up Garden, and then made their way down Worth Avenue for lunch at one of Palm Beach’s renowned restaurants. They strolled the vias and enjoyed shopping with exclusive events, live music with a percentage of sales donated to the Center. The afternoon closed with a cocktail party back on the lawn at The Colony Hotel, complete with signature drinks: the Pink Paradise and an Old Fashioned. The unfamiliar but welcomed chatter of old and new friends filled the air alongside sounds of Latin Jazz by Jaime Cuadra.
The most anticipated event of the season has now come and gone, exceeding all expectations!