The Riverside Foundation for Health Care raised $9,100 at its eighth-annual “Old Bags” luncheon here Sunday afternoon.
Organized by the Foundation’s special events committee, the Robert Moore School gymnasium was decorated from wall-to-wall with fragrant flowers, antique teacups, and heaps of assorted handbags.
Ladies of all ages were dressed like royalty and the vast majority sported extravagant hats.
But it wasn’t long before everyone was embellished with purses draped over shoulders and slung across elbows.
A “used bag boutique,” a putting station, and dozens of silent auction items were created in hopes of raising funds for medical equipment.
This year’s luncheon featured a garden party theme, and the 170 people who attended was its best turnout to date.
“The event was a huge success. We more than sold out,” enthused Foundation director Samantha Manty.
“It is really great to have the support of the community and individuals in the community,” she added.
The event’s success wasn’t a shock to Manty—despite it being her first since stepping into the director position March 31.
“I had an amazing team behind me,” she stressed.
“The special events committee knows what they are doing and they know how to get things done.”
Special events co-ordinator Janice Cousineau said although past events have been just as successful, this one will resonate as an example of the community coming together.
“Health care is really important to all of us at some point in our lives,” she noted.
“Although [the event] offers a little bit of social time, people here understand that and so they are really generous.”
Meanwhile, the committee won’t be slowing down anytime soon.
“Moving forward, we will start to plan our annual big fall event and our theme for that is a celebration of ‘The Beatles,’” said Cousineau.
“Things are still in the planning stages so we are keeping it pretty under wraps,” noted Manty.
“What [we] do know is that the fall event is of a much larger scale,” she remarked.
“It is a fun evening in support of local health care and it always sells out.”