People & Places: Designer handbag auction to benefit Crosstown Learning Center
BY DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer
Thursday, August 30, 2012
8/30/12 at 3:06 AM
What do designers Louis Vuitton and Chanel have in common with, say, actresses Meryl Streep and Judi Dench?
They have all been around quite a while. The handbags crafted by Vuitton and Chanel first appeared in the 1950s, and they are still going strong - as are those lovely actresses who share a moniker often given to women of a certain age. It all comes together for the fun, tongue-in-cheek Old Bags Luncheon, which features an auction of designer handbags.
Luncheon chairwoman Amy Scott noted that the event will have a "vintage flair" this year, and there will also be an addition of women who will have the title "The Ultimate Old Bags," who will host parties in their homes to collect handbags for the silent auction.
The sixth annual go-round, which will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Southern Hills Country Club, got started when Crosstown Learning Center Advisory Board member Phyllis Dotson hosted a recent kickoff luncheon in her home.
Guests were asked to bring a new or gently used designer handbag to start the collection for the luncheon.
Crosstown Executive Director Debbi Guilfoyle welcomed the guests and offered thanks on behalf of the children enrolled at Crosstown, who, she noted, would be most likely napping during the noon hour.
Crosstown Learning Center is an early care and learning center in the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood that serves children ages 6 weeks to prekindergarten. Crosstown cares for children of all economic levels, but 80 percent of the children enrolled are dependent on childcare subsidies from Oklahoma Department of Human Services. The funds raised at the Old Bag Luncheon directly impact the children at Crosstown Learning Center.
Guilfoyle announced that the luncheon will for the first time feature a guest speaker. Bob Block, a Crosstown Advisory Board member and current president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, will be the inaugural speaker.
Block knows how important it is that developmental needs of the youngest children are met and the impact of early intervention in their lives. During his talk, Block will share his experience of being a torch-bearer in the London Olympics and how supporters can "carry the torch" for the young children at Crosstown Learning Center, as well as children across Oklahoma.
Others at the luncheon included Crosstown board members Claudia Abernathy, Ashleigh Boedeker, Tracie Lewis and Aloah Kincaid. Also there were Co Edwards, Mary Guilfoyle-Holmes, Julie Armour, Helen Jo Hardwick, Erma Henson, Elizabeth Inbody, Jamie Oliphant, Sharon King Davis, June Patton, Linda Mann, Dorothy Tramontana and Billie Barnett.
Toni's Flowers provided beautiful centerpieces of floral handbag creations.
To purchase tickets or tables, for sponsorships or to donate handbags, contact event coordinator Elizabeth Inbody at email@example.com or 918-582-1457 ext. 104.
Original Print Headline: Handbag sales to benefit kids
Phyllis Dotson (left), Debbi Guilfoyle, Amy Scott and Aloah Kincaid hold purses for the Old Bags kickoff luncheon. The annual Old Bags Luncheon will be held Nov. 12 at Southern Hills Country Club and benefits the Crosstown Learning Center. CORY YOUNG / Tulsa World