On November 15th, 2018, members of the Las Vegas community came together to support the Make-A-Wish® mission at the Fashion Luncheon. Beginning a new chapter for this event, attendees dined in fashion at a new location, Scarpetta inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
The event began with a champagne reception, raffle ticket sales and silent auction on the hotel’s third-floor promenade. Guests were treated to passed hors d’oeuvres as they met wish kids, learning the power of a wish from those who received their wish and those who are waiting for their wish to come true.
Moving inside and past the line-up of over 100 donated raffle prizes assembled into beautiful baskets, attendees then found their seats to enjoy wonderful food, fabulous fashion and inspiring wish stories.
Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada’s President and CEO, Caroline Ciocca, kicked off the program, sharing the impact of a wish and some of the life-changing experiences of local wish kids made possible by events such as this.
“We can’t make these experiences happen for our wish kids without all of you,” she told the nearly 200 attendees.
Then it was time to put the “fashion” in Fashion Luncheon! This year’s event featured a presentation of select looks from the Chloé Spring 2019 Collection, introduced by Boutique Director of Chloé, Kori Kuba. The pieces modeled embodied Chloé’s values of grace, femininity, free-spiritedness, effortlessness, and modernity.
No Fashion Luncheon would be complete without MAWSNV Board Member, Fashion Luncheon Chair and Fairy Godmother, Linda Richardson. Whether she was introducing the impactful story of wish kid, Ivan, or overseeing the raffle drawing, Linda embodied the spirit of the community and inspired everyone with her passion for the Make-A-Wish mission.
“This room is filled with friendship, and every year I feel the same gratitude for being able to be a part of something so special and to be surrounded by amazing people,” she said. “What I love the most about Make-A-Wish is that we deliver happiness when our kids and their families need it most. We grant wishes because of all of you!”
As the event came to an end after a live auction, a truly amazing announcement was shared with guests. Due to their generous support, this year’s event raised $1 million to grant the wishes of children battling critical illnesses in Southern Nevada, an event record!
Thank you to Linda Richardson and the entire Fashion Luncheon committee for putting on another amazing event; Shannon and Bill McBeath for providing the event a new home at Scarpetta in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas; Chloé for sharing their upcoming collection; MAWSNV volunteers, staff and wish kids; our event sponsors (see below); and all of the event attendees who generously gave in support of advancing the Make-A-Wish vision of granting the wish of every eligible child.
View Pictures from the 2018 Fashion Luncheon
Thank you to the Fashion Luncheon Committee:
Linda Richardson, Chair
Melissa Akkaway, Co-Chair Kristine Creel, Co-Chair
Vanessa Breitling | Shannon McBeath | Victoria Otter | Corie Sawdon | Gina Schonfeld | Judy Stone | Barbara Stout | Debbie Swissman | Helene Walker | Kristen Winchell
Thank you to our sponsors:
Bank of America
Beau Joie Champagne | Cashman Photo | The Creel Family |
Destinations by Design | PSAV | Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits