Purses & Pursenalities Nets $106,000 for Madison Square Boys & Girls Club
Press Release (May 17, 2011) — Denizens from the world of fashion and New York socialites netted $106,000 for Madison Square Boys & Girls Club at the sixth annual Purses & Pursenalities luncheon held Thursday, May 12, at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan. The event honored the fashionable philanthropy of luxury brand Asprey, editorial maven Julie Dannenberg of Avenue Magazine, and designer extraordinaire Eric Javits. Event Co-Chairs were Christine Smith Gray and Amy Hoadley. The luncheon was hosted by NBC4 and LX New York television personality Jane Hanson.
“I’ve been a supporter of Madison Square Boys & Girls Club for years,” Javits said. “The whole reason I went into fashion is because I was inspired, and the staff of Madison Square inspires New York City kids to dream, strive and succeed. Their work for children in disadvantaged neighborhoods gives young people the chance to become the teachers, businesspeople, engineers, editors and fashion designers of tomorrow.”
More than 300 guests dressed in their spring finest gathered in the historied halls of Cipriani 42nd Street to mix, mingle and bid on dozens of designer handbags available for sale, with all proceeds benefiting Madison Square Boys & Girls Club.
“In a very short time, this event has grown into one of the greatest ‘see and be seen’ events in New York society,” said Purses & Pursenalities Event Co-Chair Amy Hoadley. “Supporting worthy not-for-profits is always in fashion, and Purses & Pursenalities gives more than 300 women the opportunity to celebrate the work of Madison Square Boys & Girls Club in style.”
About Madison Square Boys & Girls Club: Since 1884, the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club has been providing after-school and summer programs for thousands of children in New York City’s most disadvantaged communities. By providing proven education, recreation and guidance programs in a safe and nurturing environment that many children consider a second home, we help young participants lead happy, healthy and productive lives. A founding member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Madison currently serves more than 5,000 youth ages six to eighteen at seven sites throughout the Bronx and Brooklyn as well as Camp Madison in Kingston, New York. For more information, visit www.madisonsquare.org.