Lupus LA hosted their 10th annual Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on November 1, marking a grand milestone for the organization’s efforts to facilitate growing awareness about what lupus is, providing guidance for those who suffer from the disease and funding research to ultimately identify a cure. The sold-out event featured a stunning fashion show of flowing evening gowns created by international designer Kevan Hall and a silent auction of salivation-worthy handbags graciously donated by fine Los Angeles boutiques, directly by designers of Fendi, Prada, Versace and Gucci collections, as well as by philanthropic celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Toni Braxton and the always fashionable Sharon Stone, who actually served as the auctioneer.
Hosted by Adam Selkowitz, Chairman of the Executive Council of Lupus LA, the Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon branched even beyond handbags by offering a LA Stay-cation for two at The London West Hollywood, including the hotel’s famous “Breakfast Table,” a dining experience at Craig’s, tickets to “Dancing with the Stars” and a custom designed shawl by Kevan Hall. Attendees could also bet their odds at winning the right to view the newest collections of top designers and accrue tickets to Oscar De La Renta, Tadashi Shoji and The Charlotte Ronson’s Fashion Shows, while enjoying a 5-day stay at The London NYC for New York’s Fashion Week. Indeed, The Lupus LA Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon allowed for grand indulgences, but the benefit of the cause far outweighed any potential guilt, I’m sure.
Lupus LA, the West Coast division of the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation, was founded by Daniel Wallace, MD in 2000. He is a renowned physician, author, attending physician in the rheumatology division at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and a clinical professor of medicine at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. Because of Dr. Wallace’s expertise and leadership, the partnership with Lupus Research Institute and the powerhouse of Hollywood elites behind him, Lupus LA has been able to facilitate growing awareness, fund scientific research and provide tremendous support to many of the 60,000 people who suffer from lupus in Los Angeles County.
Lupus LA runs many spectacular fundraising events year round; from the star-studded Get Lucky for Lupus LA poker tournament, Orange Ball gala evening, to a Wellness Day event, and participates as one of the top fundraising charities of the LA Marathon. They also run monthly support groups, educational programs and workshops. You too can get informed, give support and get “In the Loop” to begin helping the 1.5 million people in the U.S. affected by the elusive and often debilitating autoimmune disease called lupus.