On Thursday evening, the east entrance to Bloomingdales in Town Center at Boca Raton was brimming with women (and wine) for the storeâ€™s second annual â€œWomen, Wine & Handbagsâ€ event.
The gathering was themed around â€œperfect pairingsâ€. Designer Tory Burchâ€™s handbags and shoes were showcased together, along with fine wine and delectable appetizers.
Over 50 women attended the tasty and spirited event. Guests checking in were greeted by Karen Krumholtz, the executive director of the Spirit of Giving Network— a collaborative nonprofit forum that helps share information, resources and practices with over 65 local, nonprofit organizations.
Ticket proceeds, raffle tickets, and 10% of the nightâ€™s tracked sales were donated to the Spirit of Giving Networkâ€™s third annual Back to School BASH, a fundraiser helping provide 3,000 K-12 students in our area with backpacks and school supplies (required by the school board).
â€œThese children get to come and shop for their school supplies for themselves,â€ said Linda Gunn, the board president of the Spirit of Giving Network. â€œWeâ€™re not just stuffing a backpack and handing it to them. They are part of the process, which I think is far more exciting for a child.â€
Gunn was excited to pair the charitable project with fashion for a second year in a row.
â€œThis year is all about having fun, looking at the product, touching, feeling, a lot more excitement,â€ Gunn said with a laugh.
For a half hour, women mingled and browsed a variety of Tory Burch merchandise. Caterers offered guests delicious hors dâ€™oeurves (on lit trays) and sparkling water.
Shortly after 6:30 p.m., Tory Burch representative, Rachel Miron, and sommelier, Stephanie Miskew, took the stage to showcase their pick of purses, shoes, wines and food.
Attendees were given an ample sample of each wine (two whites and two reds) and an appetizer to match.
Miron showed pieces from Burchâ€™s latest summer collection (with a little help from Gunn), while Miskew provided a detailed history of each wine, as well as the types of dishes that would best showcase each wineâ€™s flavors.
Bloomingdales General Manager, Paula Pianta, said she thought the event was amazing.
â€œWe had a great turn out,â€ she said. â€œEverybody was very engaged and seemed to enjoy everything!â€
Guests Terilyn Mazza and Joni Goldberg agreed. The women said they met some fabulous women and made new connections at the event.
â€œI love supporting the Spirit of Giving,â€ Goldberg said. â€œI like that [they] paired wine with the handbags and shoes, as a different idea. The layout of the room was nice and it was organized really well. The food was good, the wine was great. Iâ€™d come again next year!â€
Pianta also enjoys being able to give back.
â€œThe best part about these events is being able to partner and give back to the community,â€ she said.
Check out more photos from the â€œWomen, Wine and Handbagsâ€ event on our Facebook page!