Philanthropic Fun: Dressing The Part
Four hundred patrons dined in style at the luncheon in support of Dress for Success New Orleans.
Décor Chair Claire Capitelli with Event Co-Chairs Leigh Thorpe and Lisa Irons
Dress for Success, the organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing tools of support and professional attire, hosted its ninth annual “Suits and Salads Luncheon” at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.
Client of the Year Daviauna Morrell gave a testimonial followed by a fashion show presented by Saks Fifth Avenue, which included local civic activists Lynn Abide, Sarah Martzolf, Aimée Gowland and Maria Oliver, as well as Dress for Success Clients and expectant twins, Janelle and Trenelle Dennis.
Liz Reyes led a panel discussion, which included Vice President of Saks Fifth Avenue Carolyn Elder, CEO of Acrew Crystal McDonald and Ellen Macomber, local designer and artist.
Lisa Irons, Stacy Melvin and Leigh Thorpe served as Chairs, with Elizabeth Stalfort as Auction Chair and Claire Capitelli as Décor Chair. Steven Putt, Marketing Director Saks Fifth Avenue New Orleans, served as Fashion Show Coordinator.
The luncheon portion of the program included cold gazpacho soup and Mediterranean chicken salad with specialty cookies made by Apple Berry Delights. Moet Hennessy donated champagne for the affair.
The silent auction included more than 200 items, including a diamond estate pendant courtesy of Friend and Company.
Event at a Glance
What: Ninth annual “Suits and Salads Luncheon,” benefiting Dress for Success New Orleans
When: Friday, May 11
Where: Hyatt Regency New Orleans
Volunteer of the Year Donna Fitch, Client of the Year Daviauna Morrell and Diane Riche
Board Members Shannon Brice, Sarah Martzolf and Arie Kaller with Board President Nadine Brown
Emcee Liz Reyes, Maria Oliver, Tamara Wyce and Amiée Gowland
Angela Palmisano and Fashion Show Coordinator Steven Putt
Alumna Janelle Dennis, Board Member Katherine Madere and Alumna Trenelle Dennis