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NEW YORK — Purses can serve a function other than holding one’s daily trinkets, proved the annual Purses and Pursenalities luncheon. The event — an afternoon soirée and auction of more than 100 designer bags benefiting the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club — was held at New York’s Metropolitan Club Tuesday afternoon.

Amy Fine Collins was the emcee at the lunch, which honored designer Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger, 25 Park’s Alison Brettschneider and stylist Ty Hunter.

“This event combines some of the best of what we have going on in the city. Fashion, which is a big industry, as well as all of our pleasure, and philanthropy — in this case the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club,” Collins said. “I love the tradition of [the program], they encourage creativity and self-expression in underserved neighborhoods, where children can get things at that club house they do not get at school anymore, sadly because of cut backs. No music, no dance, no sewing. They can do all this at this club house.”

Upon accepting her award, Hilfiger told the crowd. “I feel awkward, strange and slightly embarrassed at accepting this award, not because I’m shy, which I am, but because the charity work my husband and I do is pretty much what any decent human being should do.”

Hunter gave up the idea of reading his speech, saying, “I’m not a speech kind of guy anyway,” and instead extemporaneously spoke about the work the club does, adding that he hopes to mount a book drive for his local club, similar to the one he has done with toys. Winding up, Hunter said, “Oh, and I have a great speech here if anyone wants to bid on it. It’s never been used.”

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