January 30, 2010, Wellington, FL—Nearly 200 “Shady Ladies”—double the number from last year!—streamed in to Wellington’s Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in late January for a “Guys and Dolls” themed evening featuring cocktails, a silent sunglass auction, and a ringside dinner and live auction during the “Nespresso Battle of the Sexes” equestrian competition.
The beneficiary of the $85,000+ raised at this 5th annual event: the Lupus Research Institute, the world’s leading private supporter of crucial innovative research for the 1.5 millions Americans with this often devastating chronic disease.
“Between the lively auction of celebrity sunglasses and the cheering support for the Battle of the Sexes jumping competition, the crowd was absolutely electric,” said Event Vice Chair Teri Wood. Other event vice chairs included Teri’s husband John Wood, Toni and Jean Goutal, Chris and Angela Paradysz, and Corry Terfloth Walker. The event’s honorary chairs were Mark Badgley and James Mischka.
Decorations for the evening included elements of the “Guys and Dolls” feature film such as 30-foot art deco bar, a 1950’s streetscape vignette, pinstriped black & white tablecloths with matching antique café lamps. Guests were welcomed by the original “Guys & Dolls” film as it was projected on the marquis entrance tent.
Although in the shade of evening instead of a luncheon as in years past, the theme of “Shady Ladies” couldn’t be more relevant for people with lupus, as they should always shade themselves from direct sunlight that can trigger and exacerbate the illness. Hats, sunglasses, and sunblock do the job!
Fundraising Action for Lupus Research
“We are so grateful to the Palm Beach community for rallying in support of lupus research and bringing us closer to medical breakthrough for those suffering with lupus!” said LRI Executive Director, Peggy Dowd.
Auctioneer Steve Williams revved up the crowd during the exciting live auction. $2,500 was the high bid from Elizabeth Miller for the Badgley Mischka package of sunglasses, necklace and earrings from their 2010 jewelry collection plus a stunning Fireworks Jacquard Ivory Dress. The package also included two tickets to the Badgley Mischka fall or spring fashion show in New York.
David Reimer bid $1,150 for the Bruce Springsteen rocker glasses and autographed CD collection and $650 was the highest bid from Mark Oken for a very hip pair of Patti Scialfa Springsteen sunglasses and autographed CD’s for his lovely daughter.
Chris Paradysz bid $550 for the Roy Orbison package of sunglasses along with a package of goodies sent by Barbara Orbison, which included the Roy Orbison Anthology collection & videos.
Guests also bid on celebrity sunglasses, autographed by Patti Scialfa Springsteen, Badgley Mischka, Kelly Osbourne, Carrie Ann Inaba, Melissa Joan Hart, Lil' Kim, Khloe Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Karina Smirnoff, Aaron Carter, Kathy Griffin, Tom Berensen, Sharon Lawrence, Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough, Joanne Krupinski, and Samantha Harris.
The Shady Ladies® dinner and auction was produced by Tudor and Company. For more information please contact Kim Tudor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 908-512-2828.