Actress Joan Collins — she of the immortal Dynasty catfight-in-the-fountain scene — was the guest of honor and keynote speaker at the annual Palm Beach fundraiser to benefit the Center for Family Services.
The Old Bags Luncheon took place March 5 at The Breakers.
Janet Levy and Debbie Porreco were chairwomen for the event, which began with a reception and silent auction of new and gently used designer handbags. That’s where the “Old Bags” part comes from, lest some of you think it’s a demographic thing.
The afternoon continued with lunch and remarks from Collins — now Dame Joan, courtesy of Her Majesty the Queen —she attributed her enormous success to both luck and hard work.
“The harder I work, the luckier I get,” she said. “I’ve always believed in the power of positive thinking. If you really wanted something and you really worked at it, you would be able to achieve it.”
Lorrain Hall, Soula Rifkin and Linda Adelson were honorary chairwomen.
More than 550 people attended. Proceeds support the Center for Family Services programs, including the only emergency shelter for homeless families in Palm Beach County, and a program for victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence.