Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Old Bags Luncheon

Bags, Beauty, and A Good Cause Take Center Stage as The Center for Family Services Hosts 17th Annual Old Bags Luncheon

One of the most popular social events of the season is returning for its 17th year this coming March and it is sure to be an event you won’t want to miss!
The 17th Annual Old Bags Luncheon will take place on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at The Breakers Palm Beach. Guests will enjoy a delicious luncheon prepared by the award winning culinary team at The Breakers Palm Beach and will also have the opportunity to bid on the more than 400 stunning handbags ranging in value from $25 - $30,000 on display in the event’s silent auction. The luncheon, dubbed the must attend event of the season, is an integral support tool for The Center for Family Services’ programs, which focus on ending the generational cycle of family violence and protecting the children while strengthening the families in our community.
 “Who doesn’t love the chance to go handbag shopping,” said Janet Levy, co-chair of the 17th annual Old Bags Luncheon. “This event gives you the opportunity to do so while having fun supporting the programs and services that are making a direct impact on families in our community. The Center for Family Services proudly offers the only emergency homeless shelter in Palm Beach County for families and is the only organization with a licensed sexual abuse counselor. And, because they are the only organization providing these services, it is vital we support these efforts so those in need can utilize the services.”
Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the Old Bags Luncheon are now available. Ticket price is $350. Janet Levy and Debra Porreco will serve as co-chairs of the event while Lorrain Hall, Soula Rifkin, and Linda Adelson serve as honorary chairs. Lead sponsor of the event is Neiman Marcus in Palm Beach who has pledged $300,000 as part of a 3-year commitment to the event and the Center..

2015 Speaker

Joan Collins is coming to Old Bags, to share stories and secrets of her celebrated life and career as one of the world’s most glamorous and intriguing actresses.
The not-to-be-missed luncheon is the perfect opportunity to spend an intimate afternoon in the company of a true English Hollywood legend. Joan Collins will take to the stage with honesty, style and grace and with the same engaging wit and frankness that turned her two memoirs, Past Imperfect and Second Act, into international bestsellers.  Her latest memoir Passion for Life has just been published by Constable & Robinson.
The Old Bags Luncheon is a chance to hear first-hand about her screen test for Cleopatra and why she lost the role to Elizabeth Taylor, her on-set encounters with the formidable Bette Davis and many others including Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Paul Newman and Richard Burton; and, of course, her relationships!

Joan Collins has appeared in more than 60 feature films and hundreds of TV shows, including creating the role of Alexis Carrington on Dynasty, one of the most highly rated television dramas of all time. Her novels and memoirs have sold over 50 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 30 languages. She is a regular diarist for The Spectator and a contributor to The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Times and Harper's Bazaar.
On stage, Joan Collins has performed on Broadway, the West End, and in national tours in the UK and North America. She is recognized worldwide as a fashion maven of timeless beauty, and is a brand ambassador and spokeswoman for top cosmetic, health and beauty companies. On the humanitarian front, Joan Collins is devoted to the wellbeing of women, children and families and regularly lends her support and celebrity to causes that include finding a cure for breast cancer and empowering children with learning disabilities. She is also a committed patron of Shooting Star/Chase Hospice for Children. She is married to Theatrical Manager Percy Gibson, and they live between their homes in Los Angeles, London, New York and the South of France. In 1997 she received an OBE for her lifetime contribution to the arts and her continuing charity work. Joan will also be made a Dame in 2015 for her services to charity..

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