New York’s Metropolitan Club played host to philanthropists, and handbag lovers, last Wednesday at the second annual Purses and Pursenalities Luncheon benefiting the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club.
Honorees included Vera Wang, Leiber president and creative director Frank Zambrelli and Lilly Pulitzer designer Janie Schoenborn, who were recognized for their charitable efforts and involvement in the organization.
“I love to help kids and be able to give back,” said Wang. “It’s a wonderful, creative way to help and it’s fun. It’s lunch.”
Master of ceremonies Eric Javits was also happy to donate his time in addition to some jokes at the podium.
“It’s great to give these kids support and a place to go and find enjoyment,” Javits said. “It’s a wonderful organization that nurtures kids into becoming fine citizens.”
Guests were encouraged to participate in the event’s silent auction, where bags by Gucci, Hermès and Bottega Veneta — to name a few — were available for bidding.
After a video featuring the children from the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club, each honoree received a framed piece of art made by one of the children. Zambrelli received a glittered picture of a Hello Kitty purse, reminiscent of the famed Leiber minaudière.
Zambrelli, a new father, debated whether the piece would go in his office or in 16-month-old baby Gia’s room.
“I’d love to get even more involved than I already am,” Zambrelli said. “Being a new father has totally changed my perspective. Now this cause hits much closer to home.”