May 3, 2013
CHOA Women of Style & Substance Luncheon 2013
Fashion Meets Philanthropy
- Photos by BenRosePhotography
Saks Fifth Avenue staged a Michael Kors Fashion Show To Benefit CHOA, while several local ladies of “style and substance” rocked the runway.
Co-Chairs Ginny Brewer, Elizabeth Klump, Danielle Rollins; Honoree “Women of Style and Substance" Charlene Crusoe Ingram, Barbarella Diaz, Brooke Edmond, Joanne Chesler Gross, Vicki Palesfsky, Ashley Preisinger Kristy Robison and Eileen Rosencrants; Saks Fifth Avenue VP/GM Cathie Wilson, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta CEO Donna Hyland, WSB-TV’s Jovita Moore as Mistress of Ceremonies, Auctioneer Elizabeth Richards, and Guest Speaker Karin Smithson
The Astor Ballroom of the St. Regis Atlanta, Buckhead
Among the chic crowd: Susan Been, Wendy Conrad Aronson, Johanna Ellis, Cynthia Hammond, Paula Wallace, Anna Paré, Lovette Russell, Laurie Ann Goldman, Susan Forehand, Crystal Cox, Abby King de Perez, Sabina Carr, Millie Smith, Su Longman, Kimberley Ichter, Vikki Morrow, Deborah Kelly, Suzanne Kasler, Shannon Neese, Anita Thomas, Sheree Boyd, Sandra Baldwin, Christy Roberts, and Cynthia Reid.
A capacity-crowd of generous guests gathered at the St. Regis for a stellar fashion show featuring Michael Kors Fall 2013 Collection of bold peplum dresses, camoflauge furs, and slinky black gowns for night. The futuristic collection could have been labeled “The Matrix Meets a Crayola Box” for its edgy designs and day-glo color palette. As models rocked the runway, patrons feasted on grilled chicken breast with faro and apple salad and chardonnay vinaigrette and chocolate dacquoise with passion cream for dessert. Each of this year’s “Women of Style and Substance” honorees, selected for their dedication to local philanthropy, sashayed down the runway in chic Michael Kors looks. At the end of their runway walk, each received a custom fashion drawing by designer Raymond Goins as a keepsake. Guest speaker Karin Smithson moved the entire audience with her profound story of her own family and young son Hoyte’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 with tickets to the Michael Kors show.
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
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