Once again, the “Suits and Salads Luncheon” paved the way for ongoing programs at Dress for Success, which empowers women to achieve economic independence through professional attire and support for both work and life. Lauren LeBlanc, owner of Fleurty Girl, delivered the keynote address. Approximately 450 attended the luncheon.
Sue Dunne was honored as Volunteer of the Year, and Dress for Success’s New Orleans Client of the Year was Katherine C. Madere. This year’s event Co-Chairs were Meaghan Bonavita, Nadine Brown, Carol Starr and Tamara Wyre. Juli Miller Hart, past Board President, served as emcee.
The event featured a Style Setter Fashion Show, featuring Claudia Powell and Charlotte Drennan representing Angelique; Eleanor Davis and Kim Elms representing Azby’s; Paulette McGlothan and Daviauna Morell representing Dress for Success; Tonya Stiel and Allison Stiel representing söpö; and Betsey Todd representing W by Worth Collection. There was a champagne toast to mothers at the end of the fashion show.
The event also featured a Kendra Scott giveaway to 10 lucky guests whose champagne toast included a ticket; each was awarded a necklace, bracelet or earrings by the designer.
Key auction items included a studio tour and meet and greet with Hota Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford in New York City; tea at the Windsor Court Hotel; artwork; and a host of valuable jewelry. Hiller Jewelry donated a pair of ruby, diamond and gold earrings for a raffle.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: Seventh annual “Suits & Salads Luncheon,” benefiting Dress For Success New Orleans
When: Friday, May 6
Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel