May 12, 2012
CHOA Women of Style & Substance Luncheon
Fashion Meets Philanthropy
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Saks Fifth Avenue staged an Etro Fashion Show to benefit CHOA, while several local ladies of “style and substance” rocked the runway
Co-Chairs Ginny Brewer, Elizabeth Klump, Harrison Rohr, Danielle Rollins; Honoree “Women of Style and Substance" Sandra Baldwin, Ada Lee Correll, Paula Dickey, Laurie Ann Goldman, Kim Lape, Su Longman, Laura Turner Seydel, and Millie Smith, Etro North America GM Marco Pievani, Saks Fifth Avenue VP/GM Cathie Wilson, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta CEO Donna Hyland, WSB-TV’s Jovita Moore as Mistress of Ceremonies, and Guest Speaker Amy Urowsky
The Astor Ballroom of the St. Regis Atlanta, Buckhead
Among the chic crowd: Meg Arnold, Liz Bruce, Susan Been, Connie Brogdan, Michae Dufy, Wendy Conrad Aronson, Kitty Correll, Joanne Chesler Gross, Cathy Ellis Hendrix, Pamela Isdell, Helen Ballard Weeks, David York, Cynthia Hammond, Jenny Nagel, Shannon Nease, Beth Park, Anna Paré, Ashley Preisinger, Darrell Mays, Kristy Robison, Sara Shlesinger, Karin Smithson, Beth Ann Taratoot, Lovette Russell, Susan Forehand, Kelly Anthony.
A capacity-crowd of generous guests gathered at the St. Regis for a stellar fashion show featuring Etro’s Fall 2012 Collection of boho-luxe paisley pants, stunning print gowns, and peplum and fur-fringed skirts. As models rocked the runway to tunes by Lana del Rey and Goyte, patrons feasted on chicken breast with baby arugula and lavender-honey citronade and flourless chocolate cake with raspberry coulis.
Each of this year’s honoree Women of Style and Substance, selected for their dedication to local philanthropy, sashayed down the runway in chic Etro looks and received a custom fashion drawing by designer Raymond Goins as a keepsake. Co-host Danielle Rollins, whose own daughter Carlyle was saved by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, termed CHOA “the best resource in Atlanta that you hope you never have to use,” while guest speaker Amy Urowsky moved the entire audience with her profound story of her own family and young son Jake’s expert, compassionate and cutting-edge care at the hands of CHOA. A live auction, led by honoree Ada Lee Correll’s daughter Elizabeth Richards, gave away fun auction items such as a private party for 30 on the Astor ice rink at the St. Regis Atlanta and a New York fashion week getaway.
Proceeds from the luncheon benefitted Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a premiere, nationally recognized children’s hospital. CHOA serves over 2.7 million children in Georgia, many of them un-insured. For more info: www.choa.org
SEE SLIDESHOW OF EVENT AND ETRO RUNWAY SHOW BELOW.